National household wood cook stove development project launched

By Florence Afriyie
Mensah, GNA

Fumesua (Ash), Oct 19,
GNA – A national Challenge geared at supporting the development and design of
indigenous energy-efficient household wood cook stoves among state actors and
the energy sector Civil Society Organizations, has been launched in Kumasi.

It is part of a
collaborative partnership between the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cooking (GHACCO)
and SVN Netherlands Development project, under the “strategic support to the
clean cooking sector in Ghana” project’- a comprehensive wood stove development
programme for Ghana. 

The goal is to help
address the prevailing technology gap regarding improved, portable and
affordable wood stoves for the millions of households in Ghana who currently do
not cook with cook stoves properly designed to save energy and reduce smoke
emissions, for safer health and a clean environment.

Mr. Mohammed Lukumanu
Aminu, CEO for GHACCO, indicated that the outcome of this action was expected
to feed into the World Bank’s Ghana Energy Initiative (GETI) that sought
amongst other objectives to increase access to safe and clean cooking.

He noted that the lack
of any known locally-designed improved wood stove for household in the country
was unhelpful to efforts targeted at reversing the negative impacts of climate
change.

In view of this, he
said, the Government of Ghana has targeted the dissemination of two million
improved domestic stoves by year 2020 and GHACCO also aimed to distribute five
million cook stoves the same year.

Mr Aminu expressed
worry over the low penetration of improved wood stoves for households, saying,
it was almost non-existent and that millions of potential households lagged
behind in improved charcoal stoves usage.

Another major
challenge was that market development strategies and targets in the past were
lumped together into a general cook stove programme without specific plans for
the rural wood users.

Mr. Alex Kwame
Donyinah, a Senior Energy Advisor at SNV Netherlands Development Organization,
said the project was being implemented in Ghana due to the very high wood-fuel
usage rate in the rural areas of the Country. 

He said a consultant
has been engaged to assess the possibilities and preconditions for wood-fuel
based solutions markets as an intermediate solution.

This, he said would be
done in areas where the penetration of LPG could only be expected in the longer
term, or where fuel-mixing was necessitated by the preparation of traditional
foods or as a coping strategy.

GNA

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