Kenya was on Monday feted by international green groups for promoting the uptake of clean cooking as a means to reduce deforestation and enhance response to the climate crisis.

Charles Keter, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Energy said that bagging the prestigious Solar Cookers International Order of Excellence for 2020 reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to carbon emissions-free cooking and lighting.

“The Kenyan government has been deliberate in making steady advancement in transforming the clean cooking sector and our brimming optimism towards these transformations has resulted in significant investments and innovations, both locally and internationally,” Keter said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

He said that Kenya had developed a robust policy and regulatory framework to boost investments in clean cooking in line with the Sustainable Energy for All agenda.

“The goal is to ensure that we achieve sustainable access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all Kenyans as well as scale up our national socio-economic development,” said Keter.

He said that Kenya was ranked number 13 globally for including solar cooking goals in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to enhance response to climate change.

Keter said the local market for clean cooking stoves was expanding amid a push by the government to curb use of firewood and hydrocarbons that are linked to air pollution and deforestation.

According to the cabinet secretary, Kenya has developed standards for biomass cookstoves and Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders while ensuring they meet safety, quality and durability threshold.

“The government has also made great strides to front public-private partnerships, enhance standards and labeling for clean cooking biomass technologies,” said Keter.

More than 90 percent of the rural population in Kenya continue to rely on solid fuels for cooking and lighting based on the National Cooking Sector Study of 2019.

The study proposed targeted investments, policy shift and public awareness in order to boost access to cleaner sources of cooking and lighting.

Shishpal Rawat, Solar Cookers International Board president said that Kenya has emerged as a hub for clean cooking technologies and innovations amid a boost to the country’s green agenda. Enditem

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