LPG Adoption Rate Increases – MERA

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By dRaxon mAloya

The adoption to the usage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) continues to rise in the country reducing heavy reliance on damaging biomass for cooking, the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has reported.

The development comes in the wake of the introduction of affordable LPG accessories on the market by several players championing the usage of sustainable fuel sources.

According to the authority, the consumption rate has risen to 2.2 metric tons per year, and this success is attributed to the removal of taxes on LPG cylinders and accessories.

Speaking to the media, Gas Regulation Specialist at MERA Macjessie Muula said there was hope that the country might experience increased in adoption of LPG.

“Looking at where we are coming from, its about 30 to 40% increase and we are very happy with the adoption rate but obviously more can be done” said Muula.

Muula emphasized that the authority has increased its efforts in monitoring compliance to ensure that LPG accessories available in the market meet the required quality standards.

265 Energy Limited’s Communication Officer Phillip White made mention mentionedas accessories including 2 plate gas cooker, Bull nose regulator and gauge offered on the market satisfies high standards set by the energy regulator.

Meanwhile, the latest report released by Center for Environmental Policy Advocacy regarding energy consumption states that over 96% of the Malawian population relies on firewood or charcoal for cooking.

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