The Government of Cameroon recently announced the adoption of a National LPG Master Plan to support increased liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) use for household cooking in Cameroon from the current 12% of the population to 58% by 2030 – the equivalent of 18 million Cameroonians.

This increased goal of more Cameroon households using LPG, instead of cooking with solid fuels like wood and charcoal, will help reduce both ongoing deforestation and harmful health effects of air pollution.

The announcement also reflects the country's own 2035 Development Goals, as well as national action in support of Sustainable Development Goal 7 to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

The success of this plan has been driven through the partnership and Memorandum of Understanding between the Cameroon Ministry of Water and Energy (MINEE) and SEforALL partner, The Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP).

From this partnership, Cameroon now has an LPG plan that combines both a road map of regulatory enhancements to improve the LPG sector scalability and sustainability, and a national investment plan for cylinders and logistic infrastructure.

The plan will help save nearly 15 million trees every year, significantly reduce air pollution from wood and charcoal cooking, as well as create an estimated 18,000 jobs.

A senior official in the Cameroon Ministry of Energy said: "We recognize the value of having an integrated approach to planning and the need to scale up the availability of LPG and strengthen the household LPG sector across Cameroon."

Renzo Bee, Chairman of Policy, Regulatory & Development Advisory Group of GLPGP, said, “We are delighted to support the government of Cameroon in its ongoing efforts to enhance the use of LPG, especially recognizing the benefits it has as a clean modern fuel for cooking purposes. congratulate the Government of Cameroon on the development of its first National LPG Master Plan, as we continue to work with it and other governments across Africa to support national planning to strengthen the LPG sector."