COP26 show was in vain amid injurious policies

Cooking gas

Many, especially the low-income households, who had previously taken to LPG, have reverting to using charcoal and firewood.

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What you need to know:

  • In 2016, Kenya took a right step by encouraging the use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking by scrapping tax to boost uptake.
  • But just when things were looking up, the government sabotaged its own policy by reintroducing a 16 per cent valued added tax (VAT) on cooking gas in July this year.

In the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Kenya had a powerful delegation led President Uhuru Kenyatta. In his address, he reiterated his government’s commitment to mitigating against climate change, as anchored in the Climate Change Action Plan. Among the actions he listed is the commitment to low carbon trajectory, restoration of depleted water towers and reforestation.

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