The use of fossil fuels like charcoal, firewood kerosene and others in African Cities for cooking have been identified as one of the leading causes of global warming and greenhouse emissions on the continent.
In view of the long-lasting damage on the environment, efforts have been made by both public and private interests to explore better alternatives.
Consequently, BBOXX, a London-based off-grid solar energy provider, has launched a smart cooking gas initiative for African Cities – with Kigali as the first starting point.
It makes use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
This initiative uses the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) system to counter the high cost as well as increase investment.
Mansoor Hamayun, BBOXX CEO and co-founder, said the company hoped to provide PAYG gas cooking to 10,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2020, with the aim of proving that a market opportunity exists and working out how to expand it.
“LPG makes a lot of economic sense,” said Hamayun, noting Kigali already has a distribution network.
“It is a cleaner and better fuel, and has a lot of benefits over charcoal.”
This initiative comes at a time Kigali wants to ban charcoal in 2020.
As a result, BBOXX says the service – aimed at expanding cleaner cooking in urban areas – would harness the same mobile money and digital platform it uses for solar kits and power paid in installments.