Is it possible to clean African plates with LPG?

Is it possible to clean African plates with LPG? : Could liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) be used to clean up cooking in Sub-Saharan Africa? Researchers appear to believe so.

According to a new study from the University of Liverpool, LPG is a critical, modern energy solution that can be easily scaled up to help achieve one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals — providing clean energy for all by 2030 — without negatively impacting the environment.

It implies that by reducing the distance between where Africans can buy LPG and improving access to LPG cooking stoves, the adoption of the cleaner cooking fuel would increase, benefiting not only public health but also the environment in which they live.

The study examined the cooking habits and needs of over 5,500 households in Kenya, Cameroon, and Ghana, discovering that it was supply factors, such as a lack of accessibility in stores, rather than demand factors, that were to blame.

The report revealed that households in areas that had a readier supply of LPG were 25% more likely to use it, irrespective of their socioeconomic background.

It is estimated that around 900 million Sub-Saharan Africans cook using polluting fuels such as kerosene and charcoal — and countries including the three involved in the study are looking to increase the use of LPG for cooking by up to 58% by 2030 to lower emissions.

“This study is one of the first to quantitatively demonstrate the importance of supply-side determinants in increasing clean cooking, relative to demand-related factors.” said Dr Matthew Shupler, Lead Author.

“This is important policy information for governments that have set ambitious targets for national scale of clean cooking with LPG.”

“Factors such as shortening the distance to LPG access points, which underpins a greater investment in LPG cylinders and distribution over national territories, represent short-term, palpable interventions that may be crucial for accelerating growth of the clean cooking market in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Is it possible to clean African plates with LPG?