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Mombasa residents to get subsidised cookers

Kenyans have been asked to embrace use of non-carbon emitting cookers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions largely blamed for environmental degradation and climate change.

Available statistics indicate that 80 per cent of urban households use charcoal for cooking despite contributing to environmental pollution. Samsung Electronics East Africa head of corporate marketing Patricia King’ori said adoption of the environmental friendly cookers, will reduce carbon emission by 500,000 tonnes in the next five years.

Kingori made the remarks during the launch of Samsung Ethanol Stove project in Mombasa. She said the electronics manufacturer has subsided 10,000 Ethanol stoves dubbed “Safi cookers” as it targets over 60,000 residents in its move to combat carbon emissions in Mombasa county.

“Ethanol stove project is aligned to United Nations sustainable development goals, and in particular the one aimed at creating affordable and clean energy by 2010,” said King’ori.

The new initiative, she added, will see stoves use ethanol instead of charcoal, which in turn will reduce the demand for charcoal, create cleaner environment and time efficient.

It is estimated that the country loses close to 5.6 million trees daily to charcoal burning. King’ori said the new cooker is cost effective since a litre of ethanol will represent 5kgs of charcoal. The new stoves will be sold at Sh1,995 down from 4,000 per stove as a result of the subsidy.

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