The Safer Option

Growing up in most towns and villages in Ghana makes the use of firewood, charcoal and kerosene stoves looks normal and accepted, with most people being oblivious of the health and environmental issues associated with it. These fuel choice seem to be cheaper and easier to use but however tends to be the most expensive fuel source available now, considering the impact of their use on our health and environment.

LPG is the main source of fuel for cooking in many homes in Ghana, apart from the traditional firewood and charcoal fuel. In recent years, there has been a drive in the country to incentivize switching from traditional fuels to LPG. According to the LPG promotion strategy for Ghana published in 2011 by the Energy Commission, a 40% penetration rate for households had been reached (compared to 6% in 2000). The Government is in the process of revising its LPG penetration policy to increase penetration to 50% by 2020 making the LPG market very promising.

Generally, LPG filling stations are the traditional medium of LPG sale in Ghana, with a high concentration in the urban centers and neglecting the towns and villages. The everyday refilling involves carrying the cylinders to a sale point on a cash and carry basis. The sale of LPG and cylinders, burners and other appliances is done to individual customers without any prior knowledge of the customer’s competency in gas appliance installation and safety measures