May 23, 2024

NPA Sensitizes Public on LPG Adoption

In a bid to promote safer and healthier cooking practices, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) recently organized a sensitization program in Tamale.

The initiative which focused on the Cylinder Recirculation Model aims to mitigate the adverse health and environmental impacts associated with traditional cooking methods involving firewood and charcoal.

Addressing attendees, Mrs. Linda Asante, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NPA, highlighted the detrimental effects of smoke inhalation from cooking with firewood and charcoal, which can lead to heart diseases, cancer, and eye problems.

Emphasizing the importance of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Mrs. Asante pointed out that unlike traditional fuels, LPG does not produce harmful smoke when used for cooking.

Dispelling the misconception that LPG is expensive, Mrs. Asante referenced research showing that LPG is ultimately more cost-effective than charcoal, considering the financial burden of treating illnesses caused by charcoal smoke.

She reiterated the government of Ghana’s commitment to ensuring universal access to LPG for cooking, with a target of achieving 50 percent access by 2030.

During the interactive session, participants sought clarification on the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model, with the NPA team providing detailed responses to their queries and concerns.

The public forum is a crucial step towards fostering a transition to cleaner and safer cooking practices, aligning with Ghana’s sustainable development goals and commitment to environmental stewardship.

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