NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to promote the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
in a bid to encourage green energy in the country, a government
official said on Friday.
Andrew Kamau, principal
secretary for petroleum at Kenya’s Ministry of Petroleum and
Mining, told journalists in Nairobi that currently over 70
percent of the country’s population live in rural areas and rely
on charcoal and firewood for cooking, heating and lightning and
this has negatively affected the forest cover.
"Kenya is promoting use of LPG as part of plans to transition
to green energy sources," Kamau said.
He noted currently less than 5 percent of households in Kenya
use LPG and the government set a target of increasing the figure
to 42 percent.
Kamau noted that the government is concerned about the
respiratory diseases caused through cooking with firewood.
"Our data shows that more than 21,000 Kenyans die from
inhaling smoke emitted by wood and charcoal stoves used during
cooking," he added.
According to the petroleum ministry, Kenya currently consumes
approximately 300,000 metric tons of LPG per annum.
Kenya consumers will start buying natural Gas from