UNIDO, partners distribute 500,000 clean energy stoves to women in Tanzania
London, Nov. 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-As part of progammes to meat the global goal of universal access to clean cooking energy by 2030, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and its partners have distributed about half a million (500,000) ethanol cooking stoves to households in various wards of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The roll-out of the clean energy stoves (ethanol cooking stoves) is in response to health risks associated with usage of dirty stoves, use of woods particularly in rural Tanzania were people lack access to clean energy
A recent report in neighbouring Kenya found more than 21,500 Kenyans die each year from cooking with traditional fuels like charcoal and firewood,
Speaking on behalf of the District Commissioner for Ilala, the District Administrative Secretary expressed appreciation for the joint efforts in enabling residents to be amongst the first ones to benefit from clean cooking technology, allowing them to switch from charcoal and wood fuel to cleaner alternatives which , in turn, also reduces deforestation.
UNIDO Representative in Tanzania and Mauritius Stephen Kargbo said the project would not only address the problem of exposure to harmful pollutants which account for about a significant number of deaths annually, but would also create employment through the local assembly of ethanol stoves
Aside that, Kargbo noted that the ethanol cooking stoves would equally have positive impact on the health of women and children and spur the growth of the ethanol fuel industry based on several feedstock options that are available through agro-wastes from sugar cane, cashew and other crops.
The roll-out of the stoves in Tanzania is the first major milestone of the project funded by the 6th cycle of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The project is implemented in collaboration with the Vice President’s Office, Division of Environment, the Ministry of Energy, the Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB), the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and many others.