“The Ministry (of Energy) has commenced the distribution of LPG starter kits aimed at scaling up the usage of cooking gas in households. This intervention targets LPG cooking energy to grow from the current 0.8 per cent to 20 per cent of Ugandan households by the year 2030,”Nankabirwa said during the address.
The cylinders are locally manufactured 13 Kilograms kits and come with accessories and a stove.
Hon. Nankabirwa says that through this program, Ugandan households will be able to make a smooth transition from using biomass to using environment-friendly cooking energy. The free cooking gas cylinders do not come with free gas and so these households will be required to pay for the gas.
“We know the upfront payment for these cylinders has been an uphill task for many families. In a bid to support the development and use of LPG as an efficient and clean cooking technology and a viable alternative for a sustainable environment, these kits will be given freely to deserving households not using LPG who will be required to pay for the gas,” Hon. Nankabirwa added.
In the financial year 2020/2021, government exempted Liquefied Petroleum Gas from the Value Added Tax to make it affordable. It is against this backdrop that the ministry will encourage citizens to adopt the lifestyle of using said gas through creating awareness, addressing usage, storage and transportation.
“We continue to encourage Ugandan households to embrace the usage of LPG, which is clean and accessible. LPG has a higher heating value; it does not contain Sulphur, burns a lot cleaner than other energy resources, and burns consistently, making it more reliable than other forms of energy. Increased usage of LPG will address the problem of continued dependence on biomass, resulting in a massive reduction of plant cover, which is currently manifested through prolonged dry spells that have recently been experienced,” she urged.
Vivo Energy Uganda, TotalEnergies Marketing Uganda Limited and Stabex International Uganda Limited will distribute the kits on behalf of the Ministry of Energy.