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Tanzania to install LPG, CNG plants in public institutions to save forests

Staff Writer | August 2, 2017
Tanzania is set to install liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) plants in all public institutions to reduce usage of charcoal and firewood as the main source of cooking energy, a senior official said.
Tanzania Forest
Africa   January Makamba, Minister of State:
January Makamba, Minister of State in the Vice-President's Office (Union and Environment), said that the move is part of the Tanzanian government's efforts to conserve forests, which are overwhelmed with massive deforestation.

Currently, it is estimated that 90 percent of Tanzanian population rely on charcoal and firewood as the main source of cooking energy.

The minister said that the LPG and CNG plants will be installed in public institutions such as schools, prisons, armies, hospitals and different colleges across the east African nation.

For years, public institutions have been blamed for being the big users of charcoal and firewood, hence the government's efforts to conserve forests.

Tanzania is home to one of the largest tree covers in the world, but it's at risk.

A forest inventory by the Tanzania Forest Services Agency in 2015 found that forests and wooded areas cover over 48.1 million hectares of land, more than the entire state of California.

It also found that wood remains the main source of fuel for Tanzanians, even in urban areas.