Nigeria: Amid rising cooking gas prices, households and businesses embrace biofuel alternatives

Nigeria: Amid rising cooking gas prices, households and businesses embrace biofuel alternatives

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

Bioethanol gel, a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to traditional cooking gas, is gaining popularity in Nigeria.

The soaring inflation in Africa’s largest economy, exceeding 27% in the past year according to the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics, has rendered regular cooking gas unaffordable for many households.

Adeyemi expresses relief as she avoids the high cost of approximately N1,000 per kilogram for gas, opting instead for biofuel, which costs just over $1 per liter. Users attest to its efficiency, enabling more cooking at a lower expense.

Beyond economic benefits, the biofuel gel provides a cleaner alternative for households exposed to the health risks of wood smoke and other pollutants. In Nigeria, where over 93,000 women die annually from diseases linked to domestic air pollution, the World Health Organization underscores the importance of cleaner cooking solutions.

Bioethanol gel stands out for emitting significantly fewer harmful emissions than traditional fuels. Adeyemi, a 43-year-old user, highlights the positive cooking experience, noting that it doesn’t darken pots and provides a comfortable and pleasant environment.

The environmental impact is substantial; if all households in Nigeria adopted bioethanol for cooking, United Nations estimates suggest a reduction of over four million tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions.

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