NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is developing a law to
promote the uptake of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in order to
reduce dependence on fossils fuels, the energy regulator said on
Robert Pavel Oimeke, Director General of the
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), told journalists in Nairobi
that despite the numerous benefits of LPG use, the per capita
consumption of LPG remains low.
"In order to alleviate this low adoption of clean cooking
gas, the government has commenced the review process of the
current LPG regulations through a technical committee composed
of industry players and government agencies," Oimeke said during
the stakeholders’ workshop on the draft energy (liquefied
petroleum gas) regulations, 2018.
The proposed draft LPG regulations are an amendment of the
Energy (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Regulations of 2009 otherwise
referred to as Legal Notice No. 121 of 2009.
Oimeke said when fully operationalized, the proposed
regulations will help to remove the challenges inhibiting LPG
growth in the country.
According to the ERC, approximately 68 percent of Kenya’s
population use biomass for household cooking needs.
"This has contributed to the high deforestation rate in the
country which has numerous negative environmental effects," he
He noted that the government has identified the LPG industry
as a renewable energy source that can make great progress in
reducing the dependence of low income households on dirty fuels
especially for cooking.
Data from the ministry of environment indicates that at least
14,300 Kenyans die annually from complications arising from
indoor pollution from use of firewood with most of the victims
being mothers and infants who inhale pollutants in the kitchens.
Edward Kinyua, the Acting Director of Petroleum at ERC, said
the proposed LPG regulations will address the aspect of consumer