NPA’s Cylinder Recirculation Model slashes LPG prices and promotes healthier cooking practices

Cylinder Recirculation Mode

The (NPA) has significantly reduced the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) through a new tender programme, saving $70 per metric tonne and facilitating investment in the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM), which aims to promote safer and cleaner cooking methods in Ghana.

One of the strategies is the introduction of a tender programme for the importation of LPG, which has significantly reduced the premium on the purchase of LPG.

A statement released in on Thursday, and sighted by The Ghanaian Standard, said the programme has brought down the price of LPG from $100 per metric tonne (MT) to $30 MT, giving the country a saving of $70 MT which will be used for investment in cylinders and bottling plants under the CRM.

 The Bono Regional Manager of the NPA, Mr. Kwadwo Odarno Appiah, gave the information at the Bono Regional version of the NPA town hall meetings on CRM in , the Bono Regional capital.

He said NPA would continue to engage the to consider the removal of certain taxes to reduce the price of LPG to make it affordable for all and Ghanaians would begin to exchange their old cylinders for new cylinders under the CRM in the coming weeks.

The meeting, which brought together hundreds of people, was aimed at sensitising the public on the implementation of the CRM and to update and educate them about the policy, its intended purposes and solicit their support in the implementation of the policy.

Mr Appiah said the NPA had had several engagements with service providers, industry experts and external stakeholders to ensure successful implementation and they had also conducted consumer sensitisation campaigns and programmes to educate the public on CRM and the safe use of LPG in general.

Mr Appiah urged Ghanaians to patronise the implementation of the CRM to avoid smoke related diseases as a recent study showed that about 18,000 people in the country died yearly from the use of unclean fuels.

Mr Appiah said the smoke from cooking with firewood and charcoal caused several diseases to its users, particularly women, who spent hours in the kitchen cooking.

“The smoke also makes them weak and when used over a long period affects their eyes,” he said.

Mr Appiah said the smoke also affected the world in general because it destroyed the air people breathed in and caused global warming especially as most trees had been cut down.

“Let us embrace the model and ensure our safety, switching from charcoal and firewood to gas for a better, healthier life,” he said,

Mr Appiah said the cooking style in Ghana and most parts of Africa had put the lives of women in danger, because of the smoke they inhale from firewood and charcoal during cooking.

He said it was for that reason that the government had promoted LPG as a cleaner, safer and healthier alternative fuel for cooking, since it did not produce smoke.

Mr Appiah said though acquiring firewood was free, they should be mindful that the diseases the smoke would bring to them could cost them their lives, which made it more expensive than LPG or any other fuel.

He said the NPA's immediate target was to achieve 50 percent access by 2030 and explained that under the model, consumers would not own cylinders and anyone who wished to use LPG could just walk to a cylinder exchange point, register, and gain access to cylinder to use, stressing that “Consumers will only pay for the LPG”.

He said the government considered many issues that had created barriers to people in using LPG and had come up with CRM and urged the LPG marketing companies and dealers in the region to embrace CRM to improve their operations and give them access to more consumers, increase jobs and create value in the process.

He said NPA had put measures in place to serve all communities with LPG without having to travel long distances.

He said they had also conducted some consumer sensitisation campaigns and programmes to educate the public on CRM and the safe use of LPG in general.

The Bono Regional Minister, Ms. Justina Owusu-Banahene, said it was imperative that they took pragmatic steps to ensure that the adverse effects of the charcoal and firewood were brought to the barest minimum if not eradicated completely.

She said the use of firewood and charcoal had adverse effects on the forests resources and the entire eco-system and urged the public to support the government to ensure that majority of Ghanaians had access to safe, clean, and environmentally friendly LPG.

The Sunyanihenmaa, Nana Akosua Dua Asor Sika Brayie II, commended the NPA for the sensitization and urged the Authority to continue to educate the public on the CRM.

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