The Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office (Union and Environment Affairs), January Makamba, has directed some of the institutions to start phasing out the use of charcoal as an energy cooking source with immediate effect.
The institutions that have been directed to start implementing the directives include prisons, hospitals, military camps and schools, Tanzania Daily News reported.
It is reported that the directive forms part of the wider Roadmap that the government is in the process of drafting to phase out charcoal use countrywide.
New energy cooking source
The minister told media that his office has already written to the institutions, directing them to inform respective bidders about the government’s decision aimed at slowing down the pace of cutting down trees in the country.
As per the new required energy source for cooking, each respective bidder will now be expected to switch to gas after the expiry of the existing contracts instead of charcoal and firewood.
Makamba explained that surveys and researches showed that the pace at which deforestation was occurring due to charcoal production and firewood is appalling.
To expedite the switching to gas, the minister said his ministry held talks with stakeholders, producers and distributors of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and agreed to install gas storage facilities and gas cookers in the institutions, media stated. Read more…
“As the government implements its affirmative action in conserving environment the institutions themselves stand to benefit by making savings in their expenditures,” he said.
He said it was the government expectations to phase out charcoal use in all government institutions within a year.
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