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 Friday.
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 said.
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 safety. Enditem