Ghana to develop action plan on sustainable energy

Ghana is to develop a country Action Plan with support from the United Nations Development Programme, in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative attainable by 2030.

The initiative is to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseinu, Deputy Minister of Energy, said this at the consultative meeting on the Sustainable Energy for all Acceleration Framework to launch the development of the Action Plan in Accra on Monday.

The Plan will help to address all the challenges in the energy sector for a sustainable energy for all.

He said the energy sector plays a very crucial role in the socio-economic development.

He said the vision of the country’s energy sector was to develop an energy economy that ensures secured and reliable energy service for all sectors of the economy in a sustainable manner.

Alhaji Fuseinu noted that to increase the penetration of the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) from its current level of 12 per cent of domestic use to 50 per cent by the end of 2015, government has formulated a strategy to promote the use of the product.

“We expect this promotional activity to commence in 2013 when the Gas Processing Plant which will process natural gas from the jubilee field becomes operational,” he added.

Ms Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, said the environmental policy on energy was to ensure that energy was produced and utilised in an environmentally sound manner.

She said the demand for energy and its associated services to meet the social and economic development to improve on human welfare has increased.

She said the recent data confirmed that the consumption of fossil fuels accounts for the majority of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and it has grown and increased the carbon Dioxide concentrations.

Ms Ayittey expressed the hope that the meeting would deliberate and come out with proposals and strategies that would ensure that clean energy exploitation was given the needed priority to advance Ghana’s development agenda.

Source: GNA

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