Fossil Fuel Burning Causes Global Warming—Minister of Energy

Human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels that pump carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, are causing global warming, said Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Energy.

According to him, cooking with firewood, fumes from vehicles and other human-related activities caused more harm to the human body and the environment.

He said the government had put measures in place to mitigate the threat, adding that the government was working to provide stoves that produce far fewer emissions.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh said this in Kumasi when he delivered the keynote address at a National Energy Transition Plan stakeholder engagement with the National Association of Queen Mothers.

The forum under the theme “Moving Ghana towards a Net-Zero future” aimed to urge the queen mothers of the country to be advocates in raising awareness of the effects of certain human activities causing global warming.

The National Energy Transition Forum aims to solicit contributions from stakeholders for the implementation of a harmonious national energy policy in line with the Paris Agreement, which aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

The energy transition refers to the global shift from carbon-based energy production and consumption systems, such as crude oil, coal and wood fuels, to clean energy sources such as wind, solar and nuclear to reduce carbon emissions to net zero.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh noted that most advanced countries have set targets to end the production of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030, alongside the goal of ensuring net zero carbon emissions.

He said the objectives of the plan were to increase the production of electricity based on natural gas, to increase the share of modern renewable energies (wind, solar, small hydro, energy recovery from waste, etc.) and to promote the use of clean energy.

In addition, implement the national nuclear energy roadmap and action plan to create a vibrant biomass energy market and expand gas pipelines to major demand centers across the country and increase the LPG for cooking.

This, he said, had become prominent due to climate change concerns such as rising sea levels, rising average global temperature, drought and emissions leading to health complications. and deaths.

Nana Amponsah Dokua III, the Supreme Queen Mother of Osoduku Traditional Zone in the Greater Accra Region, who is the President of the National Association of Queen Mothers, commended the ministry and the government as a whole, for considering the need for a rapid transition and assured the ministry of their support in this agenda.

The Queen Mother has called on the government to reduce gas prices in the country to allow Ghanaians to afford it, as the transition from the use of fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources has positive implications for the country. environment.

The deliberations were fruitful as the Queen Mothers shared their knowledge, experiences and constructive criticism on the way forward in this new energy transition dynamic.

Teresa H. Sadler