Campaign to lower indoor pollution with LPG onSeptember 18th, 2012 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Jakatra, Sep 18 (IANS) The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) has announced a five-year campaign to bring liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), a clean, safe and efficient cooking fuel, to developing countries affected by indoor air pollution caused by wood-burning stoves.
The campaign kicked off at the World LP Gas Forum in Bali, Indonesia, brings together industry leaders, governments and NGOs to raise awareness and access to this advanced alternative to harmful and deadly traditional cooking fuels like wood and charcoal.
Countries including Indonesia, Brazil, and India have proven that large-scale adoption of LP Gas in both rural and urban households is possible, according to a WLPGA statement.
Two million people die each year from illnesses brought on by indoor air pollution that causes respiratory infections, pulmonary disease, lung cancer, malnutrition, low birth weight, and other conditions, in the developing world.
It is the 10th leading cause of avoidable deaths worldwide and in environmental causes of death is second only to contaminated waterborne diseases.
“Indoor air pollution is a devastating problem yet completely preventable. LPG can save lives, help the environment and make sure millions breathe easy for the first time,” said WLPGA president James Rockall.
“Cooking - a tradition meant to nurture and sustain - should not kill,” he added.
WLPGA is a member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to raise awareness of options for clean cooking.
WLPGA currently has the Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
LP Gas comprises butane or propane and is generated as a co-product of natural gas and crude oil production. It requires no additional effort to produce and burns clean with lower greenhouse emissions than any other fossil fuel. It is transportable, storable and non-toxic.
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