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March 2017 newsletter

Message from Alex Evans
President & Chairman, Operating Committee 

Dear Friends,

We have had a very busy first quarter and expect a very busy and very exciting 2017. We have several new projects underway and several more in the pipeline. We are excited to share our plans with you.

In February, we launched the first microloan program in Cameroon dedicated to helping low-income families purchase LPG equipment for cooking, called "Bottled Gas For Better Life". Cameroonian microfinance institutions were not previously addressing consumer demand for LPG finance. Response from consumers and program partners has been very encouraging, with community demand for loans already exceeding the initial program goals.

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The Global LPG Partnership - Bottled Gas For Better Life project launch
24 February 2017

BATOKE VILLAGE, CAMEROON - GLPGP staff, members of community lending network Mutuelle Financière des Femmes Africaines (MUFFA) and the Ngango Association Batoke, researchers from the University of Liverpool, community leaders, government officials, and beneficiaries of the Bottled Gas For Better Life project gather to mark the project's launch.

GLPGP launches microloan program to help low income families adopt LPG

Using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has become more affordable for lower income families in Cameroon thanks to a new microfinance program launched in February 2017 by GLPGP. “Bottled Gas For Better Life” is the first program of its kind in Cameroon. 

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Expert voices: Dr Elisa Puzzolo says old habits must change in order for households to make a complete switch to LPG

The drawbacks of burning dirty fuels are clear. Yet nearly three billion people continue to use solid fuels to cook and heat their homes. The crux of the problem lies in part in changing human habits as well as the need for stronger political will to offer adequate clean cooking solutions on a large scale, said Dr. Elisa Puzzolo, a public health researcher and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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New study on health and climate benefits of LPG adoption

New study shows LPG household cooking market in Ghana could triple by 2030

Energy Access in Africa: National and Regional Targets for Clean Cooking by 2030

Spotlight: India's air
pollution skyrockets but LPG for clean cooking can help

- India's rapidly worsening air pollution has surpassed China as the world's deadliest.

- Air pollution causes 1.1 million people to die prematurely every year, according to a new report by Health Effects Institute, a Boston-based research institute and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a population health research center in Seattle.

- India has registered an alarming increase of nearly 50 percent in premature deaths from particulate matter between 1990 and 2015.

- Researchers cited key reasons for the spike in deaths such as rapid industrialization, and an aging populace that is more susceptible to air pollution.

- However, in recent years the country has introduced plans to improve air quality such as boosting national LPG consumption rates for cooking purposes.

- India is now the second-largest domestic LPG consumer in the world due to the government's rapid rollout of its clean fuel plan for poor households and accompanying fuel subsidy reforms.

Join the GLPGP team!

With growing international demand for GLPGP’s services, and incoming funding support from our financial partners, we are adding a number of senior financial, technical, advisory and country-management positions to our exceptional expert team. These roles are being engaged now via open tenders, on a consulting basis. Click here for more information.

New study on health and climate benefits of LPG adoption

GLPGP, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool (UK) and the Norwegian Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) has started a 12-month research project in Cameroon. The study aims to model the health and climate impacts of LPG expansion in alignment with the Government goal to make LPG the primary cooking fuel for about 60% of its population by 2035.

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New study shows LPG household cooking market in Ghana could triple by 2030

The LPG household market in Ghana could triple by 2030, as the country pushes ahead with reforms and projects to accelerate uptake of this clean cooking fuel. This was a key finding of a new report which aimed to estimate the national demand potential for LPG under optimized conditions, such as implementation of a new national model for LPG market design and cylinder control reflecting global best practices, and major increases in reliable LPG supply, infrastructure, distribution networks and safe cylinders.
Energy Access in Africa: National and Regional Targets for Clean Cooking by 2030

GLPGP has gathered and summarized the national LPG penetration targets set by countries in Africa. Developing country governments are increasingly focused on the role of LPG as a main fuel for clean cooking, and many are setting aggressive targets to increase the share of LPG in their national energy mix. These data highlight the importance of GLPGP’s efforts to help support governments and other stakeholders undertaking large-scale transitions from traditional fuels to LPG for clean cooking. 

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