Eni Ghana and the World Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop initiatives to promote access to improved domestic wood fuel cook stoves, resulting in reduced exposure to unhealthy wood-smoke and decreased pressure on the depletion of forest resources. The initiatives, it is believed, will contribute to Ghana’s strategy for ensuring universal access to modern, clean and safe energy sources by 2030, by adopting a pioneering cooperation model between a multilateral organization and the private sector. Under the MoU, Eni Ghana, with its partners in the Offshore Cape Three Points, OCTP, project: Vitol Upstream Ghana and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, GNPC, will collaborate with the World Bank in a pilot project to be developed in 10 coastal communities in the Western Region – namely Sanzule, Krisan, Eikwe, Bakanta, Atuabo, Asemda, Ngalekyi, Ngalekpole, Baku and Anokye in the Ellembelle district – for a total population estimated at about 13,000 individuals. The pilot project will assess the most suitable technology and design for domestic wood fuel cook stoves, as well as the related business model ensuring their production and/or distribution in rural areas. Based on these findings, a two-year scheme aiming to ensure availability of improved domestic wood fuel cook stoves will be developed, endorsed by local stakeholders and implemented. Eni Ghana’s Managing Director Roberto Daniele commented, “This MoU will enable Eni Ghana, the World Bank and the coastal communities in the Western Region to benefit from each other’s experiences, resources and added value to find effective, sustainable long-term solutions to concrete environmental and social issues. Also, this fits in Eni’s strategy to leverage international best practices through strategic partnerships with national and international organizations, institutions and agencies.”
World Bank Country Director Pierre Laporte stated, “Universal access to clean and modern cooking solutions in Ghana is an integral element of ensuring that the broader aims of SDG 7 — “Universal Access to Modern Energy Services for All” — were achieved by 2030. Thankfully, the critical challenge of closing the gap of access to clean cooking solutions for unreached populations is now taking center stage. This involves Ghana, members of the development community, civil society and private sector actors towards agenda 2030. Though ambitious, we believe that there is room to make significant progress – through stronger partnerships – that can create scalable opportunities to improve millions of lives. The World Bank is supporting the development of the National Clean Cooking Strategy to serve as a roadmap and a catalyst for a thriving clean cooking sector in Ghana. This partnership will serve as a pilot towards the support from the World Bank to the Government of Ghana”.
Recent evidence from the Ghana Alliance for clean cook stoves and fuels shows that 70% of households are using wood fuel for cooking, with a higher percentage in rural areas. As Ghana is making the transition from a country whose population is predominantly rural to one which is increasingly urban, finding ways to increase cooking efficiency and cleanliness for both urban and rural areas presents a true challenge. The government has committed to provide modern energy services to its population, under both the Paris Accord and the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. Already having one of the highest percentages of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa connected to the electricity grid (between 75 to 85%), Ghana intends to put most of the efforts on the clean cooking sector. Consequently, one of the country’s priorities is to expand the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking and also reduce exposure to the unhealthy wood-smoke from traditional wood-based cooking devices. A third is to reduce reliance on charcoal and reduce forest pressure.
About World Bank
The World Bank is an international development institution established by Articles of Agreement adopted by its member countries. It’s overarching mission is to reduce poverty, improve living conditions, and promote sustainable and comprehensive development in its developing member countries. It has established two ambitious goals to anchor its mission: end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity. It will achieve these goals by providing loans, concessional financing, technical assistance, and knowledge sharing services to its developing member countries and through partnerships with other organizations.
Eni is a global energy company operating in Ghana since 2009 through its subsidiary Eni Ghana is the operator of the OCTP Integrated Oil & Gas Development Project (Eni 44.44%, Vitol 35.56%, GNPC 20%). The company has played a key role in the development of Ghana’s newly discovered oil and gas reservoirs. Based on the Cooperation Model which the company adopts in all the countries of presence, Eni Ghana interacts and cooperates on a continuous basis with local institutions and stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of identifying the necessary interventions to respond to the communities’ needs.
As part of the OCTP project located approximately 60 km off the coast of the Western Region, in the Ellembelle District, and its Onshore Receiving Facility in Sanzule, Eni Ghana and its partners are carrying out a set of initiatives to support local development, focusing on education, access to energy, access to water and sanitation, and economic diversification.