XpressGas Limited, an indigenous LPG Marketing Company was part of the few companies from Ghana that participated in the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 (CCF’19) held in Nairobi, Kenya under the Theme ‘’Investment, Innovation and Impact’’.
The three (3) day forum brought together over 550 participants from 50 countries to discussed topics such as: leveraging research to support policy development, driving consumer demand, implementing standards, accelerating access through the MECS programme and Women’s outstanding leadership across clean cooking value chain.
The just ended CCF’19 sets the stage for a range of important announcements and commitments poised to drive the progress on Clean Cooking. Among the key announcements are The World Bank outlining plans for its 550 million USD clean cooking fund for the sector and the Equity Bank, based in Nairobi-Kenya, pledging to invest 100USD in the clean energy sector over the next two year, with priority in clean cooking.
The Clean Cooking Alliance and it partners from around the world also launched a campaign dubbed “ Clean Cooking Is… ”, it’s a first-of-its-kind campaign and digital activation strategy built to drive greater awareness, engagement, and support for clean cooking. The campaign was launched by The Second Lady of Ghana H.E.Samira Bawumia and Rocky Dawuni, Grammy-nominated artist, both of whom are Ambassadors of Clean Cooking Alliance.
Globally, it have been estimated that three billion people rely on polluting, open fires and inefficient stoves to cook their meals. Despite being a leading source of air pollution and causing four million deaths every year more than malaria and tuberculosis combined, cooking is too often overlooked as a development priority.
It is one of the most underfunded and furthest behind indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), receiving less than one percent of the estimated resources needed to address it. Yet, to date, there have been no global advocacy and digital communications campaigns created solely to drive support for, and investment in, clean cooking.
The “Clean Cooking Is…” campaign is designed to fill that awareness and financing gap by showcasing how clean cooking delivers multiple benefits, including for health, the climate and environment, women’s empowerment, and economic opportunity.
In an interview with the General Manager of XpressGas, Mrs Maureen Darko (who led the team to the CCF’19) she explained that the forum afforded them a greater opportunity to learn and update themselves with new ideas, growing trends, innovations and current investment opportunities to ensure that XpressGas remained relevant and on course to meet its mission and vision.
She also added that ‘at XpressGas, our aim is to be the best, most dynamic, safest and innovative Clean Cooking Gas Company in Ghana, and this forum has given them more knowledge to help transform the sector.
Mrs. Darko asserted that XpressGas’ growth investment strategy was focused on transforming the lives of its customers, notably Food Vendors, Bakeries and Households who are predominantly women, creating and sustaining over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, improving health conditions, reducing deforestation and helping families save time and money.
She thanked the organisers of the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 for their commitment in helping to improve the sector.
Mr.Kweku Adumatta, Head of Marketing and Godwin Edem Tali, Head of Operations from XpressGas Ltd also participated in the CCF’19.