The Global LPG Partnership
A public-private partnership to improve 1 billion lives through access to clean, modern energy

GLPGP Year-End Review
December 2016

Message from Alex Evans
President & Chairman, Operating Committee

2016 was the bellwether year when LPG for energy access and clean cooking moved to the forefront of political and development agendas around the world.

The potential for impact from LPG has never been greater. Demand for our help has soared.

GLPGP has to date received requests to assist with LPG development from 18 countries spanning Africa, Asia and South America, nearly doubling from 2015. Numerous GLPGP partner governments have set ambitious but realistic targets, typically to expand LPG access and use to 50% or more of their populations, from 10-20% today. In Cameroon, for example, the first national LPG Master Plan was completed with major support from GLPGP and announced by the Government earlier this month, with implementation to start in Q1 2017. The plan defines over US$400 million of LPG investments and initiatives to deliver LPG affordably and sustainably to nearly 60% of Cameroon's population, representing 18 million people, up from around 10% now. Almost US $1 billion more in LPG investment projects has been defined in other first-mover partner countries to date. Read More

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Government of Cameroon adopts GLPGP-led national LPG Master Plan

On 14 December 2016, the Government of Cameroon announced the adoption of its National LPG Master Plan to support increased LPG penetration for household cooking from the current 12% level to 58% nationally by 2030. This target is tied to the country's 2035 Development Goals. The Master Plan was the result of two years of work by a broad-based inter-ministerial Ad Hoc Committee established on 15 April 2015, comprising GLPGP, the Ministry of Water and Energy, other agencies of the Government of Cameroon, and representatives of civil society and the private sector.

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Rural LPG Pilot Launched with Self-Employed Women's Association in India

Following extensive studies on consumers' preferences, cooking fuel usage habits and willingness to pay for modern forms of energy in rural Gujarat, GLPGP and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India launched a pilot project to promote adoption of LPG through consumer education and improved last-mile distribution. The first users for the pilot obtained their LPG connections in October 2016. The pilot will also provide global researchers with data about rural LPG adoption and its impact on health.

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Clean Cooking for Africa Scientific Advisory Board Gets Underway

The inaugural meeting of the Clean Cooking for Africa Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was held on 14 June 2016 at the headquarters of  KfW, the German state development bank, in Frankfurt, Germany. The meeting was officiated by Dr Thomas Duve, Director of the Southern Africa and Regional Funds Department at KfW. The SAB, convened by KfW, will help strengthen the evidence-base for clean cooking with LPG, and is instrumental to effective program execution by GLPGP, the Clean Cooking for Africa Program's implementing partner.

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Sidebar: LPG and Climate Change

LPG has the potential to protect forests and reduce near- and long-term climate warming due to biomass burning in inefficient cooking devices. A recent report by the International Energy Agency  promoted the switch to LPG as a policy action to protect health and climate change, while a US Energy Protection Agency  report found that LPG generally had better lifecycle impacts than other, less efficient cooking fuels and technologies.

-    LPG stoves are highly efficient (in the 50-60% range, comparable to natural gas stoves)

-    LPG use protects from emissions of short-lived climate pollutants such as black carbon and methane.

-    LPG produces less CO2 than low-efficiency stoves burning traditional fuels such as firewood, crop residue, charcoal and coal.

-    Just 45kg of LPG is sufficient for replacing the thermal energy of 1000kg of wood used to produce charcoal with traditional kiln/stove technologies.

 GLPGP Joins Executive Committee of OFID Energy Access Platform

On 23 March 2016, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the World Petroleum Council launched the  Oil and Gas Industry Energy Access Platform (EAP) to support the goals of UN  Sustainable Energy for All. GLPGP was invited to join the EAP Executive Committee, and leads the EAP Task Force on Clean Cooking Solutions.

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Article "More Doing, Less Talking" Featured in G20 Official Magazine

An article authored by GLPGP Chairman Kimball Chen called More Doing, Less Talking was featured in the G20 Summit issue of G20 Magazine's  Executive Talk Series. The article highlighted the role of LPG as a superior and feasible immediate solution to the global clean cooking problem. Mr. Chen also participated in, and contributed to, the G20 Business Summit in Hangzhou, China on 3-4 September. The Summit featured a keynote address by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and panel appearances by H.E. Jacob Zuma, Prime Minister of South Africa, H.E. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, H.E. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and H.E. Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina.
Deepening Partnership Between GLPGP and World Bank on Clean Cooking

GLPGP continues to develop and deepen partnerships with key international development institutions. Following a series of discussions in late 2015 and early 2016, the World Bank and GLPGP formally agreed to work to deepen their collaboration to promote the usage of clean fuels such as LPG for household cooking and heating in multiple countries. The deepened partnership will initially focus on collaboration at the country level in Kenya and Bangladesh, with joint activities being prepared for 2017 actions. The two organizations will also work together on thought leadership and advocacy initiatives relating to clean cooking with LPG, and subsequently expand collaboration to additional countries. 

High-Level LPG Conference in Bhubaneswar, India

GLPGP Chairman Kimball Chen chaired the opening panel of the International Conference on LPG as a Catalyst of Social Change, held on 1-2 September 2016 in Bhubaneswar, India. Mr Chen also gave a presentation on socio-cultural factors affecting the adoption of LPG across various countries, while GLPGP CFO John Hauge shared GLPGP's efforts in working with the Government of Cameroon to create that country's first national LPG Master Plan.

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Multi-Country Health Research Trial Funded by National Institutes of Health / Gates Foundation 

The US National Institutes of Health, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has funded a $30.5 million, multi-country research trial to investigate the correlation between the use of LPG for clean cooking and measurable health impacts, particularly for women and children. GLPGP will be a partner in the research trial. 

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Partnering with UNEP Climate and Clean Air Coalition

GLPGP has been officially recognized as a partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s  Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), which aims to promote the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane and black carbon to meet global climate targets. GLPGP will take on an active role in the Household Initiative on Reducing SLCPs from Household Cooking and Domestic Heating. Through its participation in CCAC, GLPGP hopes to raise greater awareness about the role that LPG can play in cutting emissions of SLCPs and reducing solid fuel burning in inefficient stoves. 
WHO Regional African Workshop on Indoor Air Quality

GLPGP CFO John Hauge addressed the Regional African Workshop on the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Household Fuel Combustion in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 25-27 October 2016. Mr Hauge introduced GLPGP and presented lessons from GLPGP's experience in scaling up LPG worldwide, including from the process of creating the first national LPG Master Plan in Cameroon. Meeting delegates included representatives from the health, environment and energy ministries of Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia. 

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