Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, Deputy Minister for Energy

The Government of Ghana has planned to fix Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cooking systems in over 1,000 public institutions especially in high schools, colleges, prisons and clinics.

The Deputy Minister for Energy, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, who disclosed this, said the government will also facilitate the provision of LPG access to about 20,000 commercial caterers, including service providers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

Speaking at a virtual dialogue on Clean Cooking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of the Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Mr Mercer said these efforts are under the aegis of the LPG for Development programme.

“Implementing the LPG4D will lead to 10-14 million more people using LPG; about 12,000 to 19,000 lives saved; avert cumulative deforestation of 127 million to 221 million trees, reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 9.2 million metric tonnes and reduce Black Carbon equivalent emissions by 16.63 million metric tonnes together with the economic value of $47.74 million,” he said

He continued: “The overall economic benefit of the LPG for Development programme would be immense and the government would have achieved its goal of 50% access to LPG by the year 2030, and by so doing take a giant step in the transition to clean energy in Ghana.”

The Deputy Minister indicated Ghana’s acceptance of the call to action on clean cooking for all and said clean cooking will be a priority in the country’s national planning.

“We seek the support of member states in achieving these ambitious declarations,” he added.

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