NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Wednesday unveiled ethanol stoves for
refugees in Kakuma camp in northwest part of the country to help
mitigate climate carbon emissions.
for Environment and Forestry Charles Sunkuli said the stoves
launched in partnership with electronics firm, Samsung, will
help reduce dependency on charcoal in the camp.
“The project will
help reduce carbon dioxide emission in the country by over
500,000 tonnes in the next five years,” Sunkuli said during the
launch in Nairobi.
He said the camp
that has 200,000 refugees will benefit from a subsidy of 12,000
eco-friendly ethanol stoves.
The official said
that Kenya is in the process of formulating a new climate change
action plan 2018-2022 that will guide the country in actions
that will deliver on an obligation of the climate change Act
About 80 percent of
Kenyans who live in urban areas use charcoal for cooking hence
putting a lot of pressure on the households from respiratory
related diseases as well as adverse effects on the forest cover.
About 10 kilograms
of wood is used to make one kilogram of charcoal that is putting
a lot of strains on the country’s forests. The country, in 2015
estimated a loss of 5.6 million trees daily due to
“The use of ethanol
for this cooker instead of charcoal will enable households
benefit from an eco-friendly environment with less smoke while
reducing their cooking fuel costs and cooking time,” Patricia
Kingori, Samsung Electronics East Africa Head of Marketing and
Kingori said there
is urgent need to create a healthy environment for future
generations through projects that significantly address the rate
of deforestation and carbon emissions.