Solar power company Bboxx has partnered with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand clean cooking access in the DRC.
USAID’s Pay As You Go Liquid Petroleum Gas Program recently awarded a grant to Bboxx to test and scale up LPG.
Over the next three years, this funding will enable Bboxx to provide 15,000 households and small businesses in Goma with clean and affordable cooking alternatives.
Meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 includes clean and affordable cooking for everyone – and in the DRC, just 4% of the population has access.
Helping DRC shift to clean cooking will dramatically improve the health of communities (SDG 3) in Eastern DRC and advance gender equality by enhancing economic opportunities for women (SDG 5).
Through their new partnership, USAID and Bboxx aim to reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the consumption of charcoal used for cooking.
Displacing charcoal use will directly benefit the South Sector of Virunga National Park in the DRC, where charcoal production is currently responsible for around 91% of deforestation.
Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-Founder of Bboxx, commented: “Accelerating UN SDG 7 – clean energy for all – requires rapid progress on access to energy for clean cooking. It is unacceptable that four billion people across the globe still live without clean cooking facilities. This issue is too often overlooked, and is harming the environment, people’s health and economic opportunities.
“We are passionate about the role of innovative technology and LPG in making significant progress in tackling this major global crisis. To make meaningful headway, it is vital to work with partners across the globe. We are honoured to be partnering with USAID to put this mission into action in the DRC, as we continue to transform lives and unlock potential through access to clean energy.”