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Global e-Cooking Coalition: Uganda Premier Nabbanja Champions Electrified Cooking


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Uganda’s Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, made a compelling appeal at the COP28 conference, urging the global community to support initiatives promoting the use of electricity for cooking. Speaking at the Global e-Cooking Coalition session, she emphasized the importance of electrifying cooking as a crucial step toward achieving net-zero emissions.

During the session, pledges totaling approximately $30 million were secured, with notable contributions from the UK government ($15 million) and Germany (Euros 10 million, about $11 million). These funds are dedicated to advancing efforts to electrify cooking and address the environmental and health impacts associated with traditional cooking methods.

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Nabbanja highlighted Uganda’s challenge, where over 89% of the population relies on firewood and charcoal for cooking, leading to significant deforestation. She emphasized the devastating impact on public health, with over 22,000 annual deaths, mainly affecting women and children, according to World Health Organization statistics.

Underlining the urgency of addressing these challenges, Nabbanja outlined Uganda’s Vision 2040, emphasizing the need for clean, affordable, and reliable energy. The government aims to require 52,481MW by 2040, with a commitment to increase access to the national electricity grid to 80% by the same year.

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She detailed Uganda’s efforts to reduce reliance on biomass energy, including targets to cut its share from 89% to almost 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2040. The Energy Policy for Uganda (2023) seeks to create a comprehensive framework for the clean cooking sector, complete with fiscal incentives to encourage private sector involvement.

Nabbanja stated, “We aim to accelerate the adoption of e-cooking solutions from 1% to 38% by 2030,” aligning with Uganda’s commitment to triple achievements in per capita electricity consumption, expand clean cooking access, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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While acknowledging challenges such as high costs and supply chain issues for efficient electric cooking appliances, Nabbanja assured that the government had developed a strategy to address these hurdles. She commended the Global e-Cooking Coalition for its ambitious program, reaffirming Uganda’s commitment to ensuring universal clean cooking access for the betterment of citizens’ livelihoods.