County government of Nakuru sets out to discourage charcoal burning by enhancing use of liquified Petroleum Gas(LPG)

The county government of Nakuru is set to address environmental degradation through the use of LPG gas to stop wanton destruction of forests.

Speaking during the launch of Stabex international gas depot in Nakuru the Chief Officer in charge of Water Environment and Natural Resources Kiogora Murithi said the county government is set to adopt use of clean cooking solutions by enhancing 100% access target by the county by 2030.

Kiogora said the county government is increasing wood production by improving forestry management as part of devolved forest extension services.

The chief officer said research on the energy access conducted by the county government of Nakuru, indicate that in terms of access to clean cooking solutions, only 5% of the residents in Nakuru County use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), 0.7% use biogas, 0.1% use solar and 8% use paraffin.

He said the research further showed that 46% of the residents use firewood and 40% use charcoal saying the two are major contributors of forest destruction.

Nakuru County officials with Stabex international Strategic Manager Mr. Philip Koskei during the grand opening of Stabex Gas depot in Nakuru.

Stabex International Strategic manager Philip Koskei appealed to the residents to embrace the use of LPG gas, noting that various groups i.e Women, youth and boda boda riders will be able to pay in installments thus enhancing accessibility and affordability.

The company’s marketing officer Yusuf Kemboi appreciated the welcoming of the product by the residents since its launch in Uganda and North Rift region, saying it’s tailored to suit customer’s needs.

He said Stabex International, a major distributor of fuel and LPG is now focusing in the South Rift region.

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