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Access to sustainable energy still far cry

TANZANIA continues to experience an increasing scarcity of affordable, reliable and sustainable energy at household level, which affects over 94 per cent of the total population.

Energy and Environment Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Dar es Salaam, Mr Bariki Kaale says in a research he made recently that providing clean and affordable energy for all, was a pre-requisite for ensuring sustainable livelihood and enhancing socio-economic development.

“Until 2010, the national energy balance was still skewed towards the use of biomass fuel (90 per cent). The rest was petroleum (8 per cent), electricity (1.2 per cent ) and coal, solar and biogas combined (0.8 per cent),” he says in his report.

Household energy consumption accounts for 91 per cent of the total energy used, apparently being dominated by women and children mainly for cooking and lighting,” he says.

According to Mr Kaale, population using LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and kerosene for cooking were 1.9 million (4.4 per cent). If the current 6.74 million families using firewood and charcoal would switch to use of LPG, at least 67.4bn/- per month in foreign currency would be required for importing LGP at an average consumption of 60 kg per household per month

Courtesy of daily news-Tanzania

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