NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Tax incentives will help spur uptake of clean
cook stoves in Kenya, the industry said on Thursday.
Association of Kenya (CCAK) CEO Myra Mukulu told Xinhua in
Nairobi that the current tax regime has made efficient
cookstoves out of the reach of ordinary citizens.
“We are therefore
urging government to remove all taxes on cookstoves to ensure
that customers have greater access to stoves that will safe
fuel,” Mukulu said during a pre-budget hearing for the 2018/2019
The East African
nation has reduced the import duty of solid biomass complete
stoves from 25 percent to ten percent but inputs for local
manufacture of stoves still attract Value Added Tax (VAT).
Mukulu said duty
reductions affect only imported goods which do not constitute a
significant portion of the cookstoves sold in the country.
do not benefit from import duty exemptions. A VAT zero rating
benefits the entire sector and enables greater consumer adoption
through enhanced affordability for energy efficient cookstoves,”
approximately 84 percent of Kenyans cook with solid biomass,
mostly over traditional and inefficient stoves.
“These have resulted
in 13 million tons of wood annually being consumed as a result
of inefficient charcoal and wood cookstoves,” she said.
Mukulu observed that
increased adoption and use of energy efficient cookstoves and
fuels will reduce Kenya’s greenhouse gas emissions by hundreds
of thousands of tons.
According to CCAK,
up to 34 percent of woodfuel harvested is unsustainable leading
to forest degradation, deforestation as well as climate change.
Mukulu noted that
increasing use of energy efficient cookstoves through enhanced
affordability will also save the lives of thousands of Kenyans
currently at risk from respiratory-related illnesses.