We must eliminate use of charcoal – Energy minister Uganda

Energy Minister Ruth Nankabirwa has said Uganda must pursue a paradigm shift in regard to usage of charcoal, which is associated with health and environmental risks. By 2020, according to Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos), at least 70.9 per cent of Ugandans were still using wood fuel, which is comprised of firewood and charcoal.

Government has been seeking to increase usage of liquefied petroleum gas , also known as cooking gas and electricity, which are mostly available in urban and some rural setups. During the 2020/21 financial year, government implemented a number of tax reforms in which Value Added Tax imposed on cooking gas was scrapped with the aim of driving affordability. The exemption, according to current prices, meant that rates of cooking gas were reduced by at least 20 per cent.

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