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Consumers urged on clean green cooking

By IGIHE
On 7 November 2018 at 06:00

Statistics from the Ministry of Infrastructure show that in Rwanda 83% of the population use biofuels for cooking, contributing to environmental pollution, a rate that the Government of Rwanda aims to reduce by half by the year 2024.

When he officially launched the second edition of the Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth Forum and Rwanda Investment Prospectus, Minister of Infrastructure, Ambassador Claver Gatete said that Rwanda aimed at reducing the use of biomass as source of fuel because it is detrimental to the environment.

This will be replaced by the use of biofuels and biogas.

Minister Gatete said that the share of renewables in meeting global energy demand is expected to grow by one-fifth in the next five years to reach 12.4% in 2023 and providing almost 30% of power demand up from 24% in 2017.

Regarding gas prices that are still high and a challenge to those who do not have means, Gatete said that increasing the number of consumers would reduce gas prices. He encouraged Rwandans to use modern cooking facilities such as Rondereza and biogas.

Energy Private Developers Executive Director, Dr. Ivan Twagirishema said that it isn’t easy for ordinary people who usually use firewood for cooking to adopt gas.

"I think gas use is still nascent, but in the future, it will soon be known to you, in the City of Kigali and in other cities such as Rubavu, Rusizi, Huye and elsewhere, people will start using gas," he said.

Innocent Niyibizi, the director of Isoko Foundation Ltd also called "Caniryo" told IGIHE that, in order to reduce reliance on biofuels, they make briquettes made from banana peels and ash, that can cook without emiting smoke and can burn for up to three hours.


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