…4.6tri/- to finance clean cooking energy project

DAR ES SALAAM: PRIME Minister Mr Kassim Majaliwa on Wednesday said the National Clean Cooking Energy Strategy will cost a total of 4.6tri/- in ten years spanning from 2024 to 2034.

Under the strategy, Tanzania targets to ensure clean cooking energy’s use reach 80 per cent by 2034 from the current 10 per cent.

Speaking during the launch of the strategy in Dar es Salaam, Mr Majaliwa noted that the strategy acts as the framework for bolstering concerted efforts from all stakeholders including citizens, private sector and international development partners in realising the transition to clean cooking energy.

“The strategy is a key vehicle for integrating all efforts for environment conservation and clean cooking energy’s usage by all citizens in the country,” Mr Majaliwa said.

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He added that strategy will incorporate all stakeholders in the entire clean cooking energy’s value chain. The National Clean Cooking Energy Strategy was launched by the President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan in the ceremony attended by the government leaders including ministers and regional commissioners, private sector’ representatives, faith leaders and citizens.

He said the strategy is an allinclusive response for addressing persisting environment pollution including carbon emission. It also seeks to address climate change effects including floods which pose diverse affects to human existence in the country and worldwide.

The transition to clean cooking energy includes replacing unclean energy usage such as fire woods and charcoals with clean cooking energy like gas and electricity which is regarded eco-friendly.

According to the Ministry of Energy, unclean cooking energy kills almost 33,000 people per year in the country due to its diverse effects including respiratory disease lung related diseases.

Mr Majaliwa commended President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan for championing the clean cooking energy strategy from within the country and Africa, insisting that it wins a compelling international reputation.

He said with the increasing global urgency of cutting carbon emission, the strategy is worth emulating by other nations. Detailing the scope of the strategy, Mr Majaliwa said it is centred on the vision of ensuring all citizens use clean cooking energy at affordable price.

Mr Majaliwa said the strategy will be implemented by the Ministry of Energy but under the supervision of the Prime Minister Office (PMO) in which, he is the National Clean Cooking Energy Committee’s Chairperson.

He noted that the strategy encompasses tangible policies, regulation and laws in line with among others the global 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and National Development Vision 2025. He said apart from extending accessibility of clean cooking energy in both rural and urban areas, the strategy will involve creation awareness to all citizens on the benefits of using clean cooking energy.

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Earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Dr Doto Biteko assured President Dr Samia that the ministry will ensure that the strategy is fully implemented to achieve 80 per cent of clean energy use by 2030.

He said already the ministry of energy has executed the order from the president issued in 2022, for all public institutions with population ranging from 100 to 300 to abandon use of fire wood and charcoal and use clean cooking energy from January this year.

Likewise, he commended President Samia for ascending as the champion of clean cooking energy in Africa, through the Africa Women Clean Cooking Support Programme (AWCCSP), which she launched in December 2023 during the COP 28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), noting that it has started in Tanzania.

For his part, Zanzibar’s Minister of Water, Energy and Minerals, Mr Shaib Kaduara said the Revolutionary Government is committed on implementing the strategy in order to conserve the environment and mitigate effect associated with unclean energy use including forewords in the archipelago.

“Already Zanzibar has constructed a depot for receiving and storing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG),” he said.

He appreciated President Dr Samia’s visionary leadership rooted on looking sustainable solutions to problems. On his part, Minister of State in the Vice-President Office (Environment and Union), Dr Selemani Jafo briefing the president on the implementation of the directive of ensuring all public institutions with about 300 people use clean energy noted that many entities are adopting the green energy use.

Dr Jafo said 30 teachers’ colleges already adopted the use of clean cooking energy from the total of 35 colleges in the country, while 76 prisons use green cooking energy out of 126 prisons.

“The transition to clean cooking energy is going on smoothly,” he said.

He said the country’s want to ensure all public institutions with over 300 population use clean cooking energy by January 2025. Globally, Dr Jafo said uncleaning cooking energy contributes to about 1 billion tonnes of the world’s carbon emissions equivalent to 2 per cent of the total emissions.

Furthermore, he said at least four million people die because of unclean cooking energy annually in the world. The strategy will also act as the roadmap for undertaking research and innovation on clean cooking.

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