Tanzania’s clean energy cooking campaign gains momentum

Dodoma. Entrepreneurial opportunities in clean cooking energy, small loans, user-friendly technologies, education and support will actively and effectively support the country’s energy transition initiative.

Vice President Philip Mpango outlined the above five issues on Saturday March 9 in Dodoma during the inauguration of the Women’s Clean Cooking Energy Forum.

Stemming from a national discourse initiated by President Samia Suluhu Hassan in November 2022, the forum constitutes an essential continuation.

Speaking at the event blessed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, Dotto Biteko, the Vice President said: “Regarding the first point, which concerns entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy value chain. clean cooking energy, the conference should clarify how these opportunities will be communicated to ensure that our youth can seize them by becoming self-employed and thereby gaining economic empowerment through this campaign.

“The motivation provided should encompass environmental financing opportunities, including carbon trading, to build citizen capacity and benefit from this activity,” he said.

Addressing the cost of access to clean cooking energy, which remains a barrier for many low-income households, Mpango called on financial institutions and stakeholders to support implementation through small loans, savings groups or women’s cooperatives using the fundraising mechanism to ensure that mothers can afford household appliances.

“I urge the Minister of Finance to consider reviewing the tax rates for clean energy cooking appliances, particularly from the next budget,” he explained.

He further added that the availability of user-friendly technologies supporting the use of clean energy is crucial to boost and strengthen the adoption of clean cooking energy, which will enable citizens to choose technologies that they can afford .

“As you know, climate change is a process that often faces obstacles. Changes resulting from the use of dirty energy sources are sometimes resisted due to a lack of clear understanding of this concept. Therefore, it is crucial to make sufficient efforts to ensure that communities are educated and empowered to understand the use of clean energy,” he explained.

Mr Mpango also urged the private sector to support and contribute to the drive to eliminate the use of dirty energy by investing in research, innovation and production of clean and affordable cooking energy.

At the same time, he said President Samia Suluhu Hassan had taken three important decisions, including the formation of a national committee to oversee the implementation of the clean energy program for cooking; creating the Clean Cooking Energy Fund to provide subsidies for low-income citizens to purchase gas; and promoting the use of clean cooking energy in government institutions serving more than 100 people per day.

During the event, the President made a live phone call and pledged to ensure that this area receives budgetary allocations to support the availability of clean cooking energy.

“As you know, in the fifth month, we will seek financing for clean energy in Africa. In my commitment, I will carry the flag of my country to the best of my ability when it comes to clean cooking energy,” she said.

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, Doto Biteko, said that if women could champion this program, others would likely follow their example.

“I call on all men to take responsibility and ensure that every housewife adopts the use of clean cooking energy,” he explained.

The President of the Union of Tanzania Women (UWT), Ms. Mary Chatanda, stressed that women would play a key role in promoting the use of clean cooking energy in various communities.

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