DR Congo plans cooking gas pilot scheme
In order to ensure the DRC’s supply of cooking gas, the State is currently piloting a project that, once completed, will also help protect the environment.
The Democratic Republic of Congo intends to distribute gas at a lower cost to the population so that the use of charcoal is abandoned and forests are preserved. The first phase of the distribution project began in March 2020 in Kinshasa and central Kongo province. The second phase, which was launched on 6 March, will take into account the provinces of Kwilu, Kwango and Mai-Ndombe.
“More than 50,000 gas kits have been distributed among the population, saving 250 hectares of forest annually by continuously recharging the cylinders sold and covering about 2.5% of the households concerned. […] for us, as The Ministry of the Environment, this project is about saving our forests in Kinshasa and the provinces concerned,”commented Claude Nyamugabo (pictured), Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Nyamugabo also added that the project is pursuing the ambition of full coverage of the country in the coming months. It should be noted that the Congolese territory has 26 provinces and only 5 of them are currently affected.
In addition, the NGO Rainforest Foundation Norway has revealed in its latest report that Central Africa occupies the 3rdE deforestation with the majority of the damage that is concentrated in the Congo Basin forest. This is due to agricultural activities and the intensive use of charcoal.
The DRC participates to the tune of $2 million in the distribution of butane gas through SOGAZ, which produces gas for domestic use and in which it holds a 50% share.