UNIDO, govt launch campaign to roll out clean ethanol cooking stoves

12Nov 2019
Crispin Gerald
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
UNIDO, govt launch campaign to roll out clean ethanol cooking stoves

THE United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with the government has launched a campaign to roll out 500,000 clean ethanol cooking stoves to households in various wards of Dar es Salaam.

UNIDO representative to Tanzania Stephen Kargbo

Working together with Vice President's Office (VPO) division of environment and the Ministry of Energy, UNIDO is also partnering with various stakeholders including Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB), Development Bank, Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and Dar es Salaam region to promote bio-ethanol as an alternate clean cooking fuel.

UNIDO representative to Tanzania Stephen Kargbo said the activity is under the thematic pillar of safeguarding the environment and is being undertaken within the framework of the project for promotion of bio-ethanol as a clean alternate fuel for cooking in Tanzania.

"For today, we have decided to begin the first phase of the roll-out campaign to promote the use of ethanol cook stoves here in Tabata ward, Ilala Diistrict," he said.

The project is expected to have multiple benefits including the most obvious which is supporting the national efforts to reduce deforestation in the country by reducing charcoal consumption.

Stephen Kargbo made the remarks over the weekend in at Tabata primary school in Dar es Salaam at the promotion event for the beginning of the cook stove roll-out programme under the UNIDO/GEF project for promotion of bio-ethanol as a clean alternate fuel for cooking in Tanzania.

According to him, the project will not only create employment through the local assembly of ethanol stoves, but will also have a positive impact on the health of women and children in households switching to the ethanol cook stove technology.

"In addition, it will would spur the growth of ethanol fuel industry in the country based on several feedstock options that are available through agro-wastes from sugarcane, cashew and other crops," Kargbo explained.

Tanzania has made history by becoming the first location for UNIDO's Global Impact Programme on Clean Cooking aiming at reach 10 million households nearly 40 million people with clean cooking solutions across 20 countries in Asia and Africa.

The ethanol cook stoves are being locally assembled at Consumer's Choice Ltd, and the fuel grade ethanol is being mixed and bottled at Consumer's Choice Ltd in Dar es Salaam. This has already resulted in fixed employment for a total of around 20 staff involved in stove assembly.

"The project is supporting Tanzania's efforts towards achieving a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including goal number 9 on inclusive and sustainable industrial development, but also goal number 7 on affordable and clean energy, goal number 13 on climate action, goal number 5 on gender equality and goal number 11 on sustainable cities and communities," Kargbo elaborated.

For her part acting district administrative secretary Ag DAS for Ilala District Christina Kalekezi expressed appreciation for the joint efforts by UNIDO, Vice President's Office and other stakeholders including Consumer's Choice Ltd and TIB Development Bank in enabling residents of Ilala District to be amongst the first to benefit from the clean cooking technology.

She added that the residents should make use of ethanol cook stoves in order to reduce environmental pollution associated from the use of charcoal.

According to her,the residents of Ilala District despite the government has been insisting on the use of renewable energy like gas but most of them are still using charcoal for domestic activities.

"The official urged UNIDO to increase sensitization of the importance of using ethanol as an alternate clean energy for cooking," she said.

Kalekezi requested the company contracted to supply the fuel for the cookstove to make the price of fuel cheaper for public to afford.

She however said the project is important to enable residents of Dar es Salaam to switch from dependence on charcoal and wood fuel to cleaner alternative such as ethanol based cooking technology and in the process support the national efforts to reduce deforestation in the country.