Million Free Cooking Gas Cylinders 2 (1)
To ensure this is possible, the government has partnered with many fuel companies, including Stabex, Shell and TotalEnergies.

In a campaign to promote clean energy and reduce charcoal and firewood use, the government of Uganda is distributing at least one million liquefied petroleum gas cylinders and burners to Ugandans.

The government of Uganda has launched a drive to distribute at least one million Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders and burners to Ugandans with the aim of promoting the use of clean energy and also minimising on increased use of charcoal and firewood.

According to Energy Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa, the government has partnered with many fuel companies including Stabex, Shell and TotalEnergies to ensure this is possible.

Nankabirwa said over the years there has been a heavy reliance on biomass including firewood and charcoal as the primary cooking energy which has destroyed the country’s national tree cover with adverse effects on the environment and the health of the population.

Nankabirwa stressed that whereas the government through the third National Development Plan (NDPIII) emphasizes the need for increased uptake of cooking gas at the household level as part of efforts to improve the quality of life, this has not been possible due to the cost of the gas cylinders.

“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, the ministry(of energy) has commenced the distribution of LPG starter kits aimed at scaling up the usage of cooking gas in households,” she said.

She mentioned that the 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. 

She said the distribution process set to start this month will see beneficiaries receive 13kg cylinders with accessories and a stove for cooking.

Nankabirwa mentioned that the kits will be distributed on behalf of the Ministry of Energy by Vivo Energy Uganda, TotalEnergies Marketing Uganda Limited and Stabex International Uganda Ltd, starting July 12, 2022.

“We know that the upfront payment for the Starter Kit has been a bottleneck for many families to convert from using biomass to LPG, yet it is clean, saves time and is relatively healthier. These Kits will be given freely to deserving households not using LPG who will be required to pay for the gas,” Nankabirwa said.

Meanwhile, she implored Ugandans to embrace the usage of LPG saying that it is not clean and accessible but it also has a higher heating value and burns a lot cleaner than other energy sources.

“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,” Nankabirwa implored.