Uganda is considering banning charcoal burning and trade to save mother nature from advance impacts of climate change,Peter Lokeris Energy State Minister has said.
Speaking at national charcoal dialogue, utilisation and production, Lokeris said charcoal production has become unsustainable causing advance effect’s on environment.
“We are considering putting in place a policy to ban charcoal production and trade despite of its economic value.we feel the ban will save us from future climate change effects,”Lokeris said.
Across the region, Kenya and Rwanda have banned charcoal business and its only Uganda where charcoal is still lucrative business and enforcement still weak.
According to Ministry of water and environment, charcoal burning has contributed to 24% loss in forest cover since 1990s to 8% yet pressure on land and charcoal usage keeps increasing.
About 90% of Uganda population depends on charcoal as main source of energy.
Kasirivu Atwooki State Minister for Economic Monitoring Office of the President calls for concerted efforts to promote alternative energy sources to reduce charcoal dependency.
Alfred Kusima National Coordinator of Uganda National alliance on Clean Cooking urged the public to embrace clean cooking solutions like Cook stoves, biogas and briquettes saying this will save the country from losing heavily on land degradation.
Over 90% of Ugandans do not have clean cooking solutions yet Uganda loses 120,000 hectares of forest cover annually on charcoal burning which translates to 3million tones of carbon annually.
Kasirivu Atwooki state minister for economic Monitoring office of the president visiting exhibition stalls at golf course hotel.
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