Tanzania has introduced a fresh, sweeping climate package that would increase access and use of clean energy by between 80 and 90% during the next 10years.

Announcing the innovation last Tuesday, President Samia Suluhu Hassan, said the new codified state plan includes a 12-months grace period for all institutions providing services to more than 300 people to use clean cooking energy solutions.

She said this would affect hundreds of prisons, schools and colleges which heavily depend on firewood as their main source of energy.

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The President said the administration is setting up a strategic task force to review and propose a national strategy on clean energy solutions. The special task force will be led by the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, she said.

It will also include the ministry of minerals, through STAMICO, ministry of community development, gender, women and special groups, ministry of state in the president’s office (PO-RALG) and private sectors.

She pointed out that the new plan will help Tanzania expand coverage of clean energy by between 80 and 90% in the next decade.

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“We are here because of charcoal. It has become a problem leading to deforestation in several regions, most of which are sources of fresh water we consume in Dar es Salaam.

“We have been emphasizing on tree planting campaigns. I believe we have to change our attitude by planting fruit trees … this perhaps can be spared when people rush to cut trees,” she said.
President Samia instructed the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO) to fast track their charcoal production plan. She said it’s clean charcoal that needs to be produced in mass quantities.

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