A guest blog from Michael Kelly, Deputy Managing Director WLPGA:
WLPGA Cooking For Life
The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA), based in Paris, France, is the authoritative global voice for the LPG industry and represents all its various sectors.
The WLPGA is proud to have an excellent long standing relationship with Elgas, who are an active and valued member of the Association.
The goal of the WLPGA is to considerably increase worldwide awareness regarding LPG through outreach, lobbying, and a wide range of communication activities.
A new initiative for the WLPGA is the launch of the COOKING FOR LIFE. This five-year campaign was initiated in September 2012, during the World LP Gas Forum in Bali, Indonesia.
COOKING FOR LIFE aims to encourage the use of LPG in developing countries that are profoundly affected by indoor air pollution from cooking with traditional fuels, such as wood and charcoal.
Three billion people rely on “traditional fuels”, including wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste, for cooking on outdated stoves or open fires.
Cooking the traditional way has grim consequences on health, with at least two million people dying each year from illnesses caused by indoor air pollution in developing countries.
Indoor air pollution causes respiratory infections, pulmonary disease, lung cancer, malnutrition, low birth weight, and other undesirable conditions.
It is the tenth leading cause of avoidable deaths worldwide and second only to contaminated waterborne diseases as an environmental cause of death.
There are more early deaths every year from indoor air pollution than from malaria, tuberculosis, or HIV/AIDs.
However, the issue has not garnered the same urgency and commitment as these other ailments.
That is, until now.
LPG is one solution to the problem, as an exceptional energy that can be used virtually anywhere.
The COOKING FOR LIFE campaign targets the transition of one billion people from cooking with traditional fuels to cleaner burning LPG, by 2030.
Wide Reaching Improvements
This change would bring huge social and economic benefits to developing countries, including the prevention of 500,000 deaths per year, most being women and children, from toxic exposure to cooking with dirtier fuels.
In addition, 2.4 million hectares of forest land would be conserved, more than the rainforest lost in the Brazilian Amazon in 2005.
A EUR100 billion increase in economic output, through time-saving modern cooking, would also be realised.
How it is Being Done
The WLPGA will achieve this by mobilizing support from a wide range of governments, public, private and non-profit institutions to create the policies and build the infrastructure to expand the use of LPG.
The Association is developing a series of studies to elaborate on the health benefits of cooking with LPG, further quantify the CO2 and black carbon emissions reduced from the switch to LPG, and identify the range of women’s benefits from the conversion.
Case studies of successful conversion programmes will be highlighted.
The Association will also meet with government, industry and other stakeholders to encourage them to invest, incentivise investment, and launch pilot projects.
To foster multi-stakeholder engagement, WLPGA will host workshops in target countries.
Visitors to the COOKING FOR LIFE website can participate in the evolving global dialogue on ways to spread the use of LPG and clean cook stoves.
Individual countries can launch a similar awareness campaign at a national level, by downloading a toolkit.
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