Apr 26, 2013
Type: Country Action Plan
Topic: Fuels, Stoves
Country: Ghana
With almost 22 million people reliant on solid fuels for cooking and a quickly growing improved cookstoves market, Ghana is well poised to move from improved efficiency cookstoves to clean cookstoves and from a relatively small percentage of the potential cookstove market to a much larger proportion in the next few years. Several factors position Ghana for success, including: an active in-country cookstove market with consumer segments who are ready for but have not yet been reached by improved cookstove initiatives, an entrepreneurial local cookstove production base, government interest in reducing its citizens’ dependency on solid fuels and moving towards cleaner fuels such as liquid petroleum gas with the goal of transitioning at least 50% of the population to using LPG as their primary cooking fuel by 2015. There are also several related factors which stand to assist Ghana in moving towards clean cooking solutions, such as the government’s focus on rectifying the effects of deforestation caused in part by the use of inefficient cookstoves, the government's broader "low carbon" development goals, as well as a significant interest from several major international organizations and initiatives including the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Sustainable Energy for All, the World LPG Association, and the World Bank in supporting Ghana’s improved cookstove and fuels markets.