Learning institutions in Kenya have been urged to embrace cleaner and modern technologies and fuels as their primary cooking solution and contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Equity bank’s Director of Energy and Environment Erick Naivasha said there is an increased over reliance on wood and charcoal use by institutions while use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPD) amounts to reduction of pollution and reduces cost of wood fuels by 40 percent .
Naivasha was speaking at Litein Girls High School in Kericho County on Friday during the Official commissioning of the School Clean Cooking Plant, a project by Equity Group and its partners, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
He said this is part of a strategic plan by Equity Group in partnership with leading clean cooking technology providers to create a solution to provide affordable, clean and efficient cooking solutions for learning institutions and health facilities.
The solution involves installation of LPG bulk storage facilities, retrofitting of existing wood cookers with LPG burners, piping, safety measures( gas leak sensors) and training of personnel.
“Increased greenhouse emissions has contributed to climate change with effects such as flooding and unpredictable weather conditions. We strive to support and partner with learning institutions in Kenya to transition them to cleaner and modern technologies”, Naivasha said.
According to Clean Cooking Alliance of Kenya ( CCAK) 97% of primary and secondary schools use firewood derived from forests as cooking fuel. This counters Kenya’s government 10% tree cover.
CCAK further indicates that KSH1.5Million metric tonnes of wood fuel is used by the education sector every year with an estimated value of KSH 20 Billion.
It also reveals that indoor air pollution caused by poor combustion of wood and charcoal is a major cause of respiratory diseases, especially to kitchen staff and students, which claim the lives of 21,000 Kenyans every year.
Naivasha asked the government to allow public schools to borrow for clean energy transition without lengthy approval process from the Ministry of Education.