Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Litro Gas says em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties with clean en­ergy & pre­vent­ing in­door air pol­lu­tion their pri­or­ity

- Ecology · Energy · Industries · Sri Lanka · United Nations · World Health Organization · World Health Organization

Ac­cess to clean en­ergy for house­hold re­quire­ments is a felt need among com­mu­ni­ties all over t he world. Ev­ery year, 4 mil­lion peo­ple die from in­door air pol­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to World LPG As­so­ci­a­tion (WLPGA) es­ti­mates.

In Sri Lanka, fire­wood stoves, iden­ti­fied as a health haz­ard and the reg­u­lar felling of trees needed for fire­wood, are con­cerns that im­pact the com­mu­nity neg­a­tively.

Litro Gas, Sri Lanka’s in­dus­try leader in the LPG en­ergy sec­tor un­der­stands t he i mpor­tance of us­ing clean en­ergy for cook­ing. Across the coun­try, the Com­pany is con­stantly en­gag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties to­wards bring­ing clean and safe en­ergy to their homes.

Ini­tia­tives such as mak­ing LPG avail­able t o re­mote plan­ta­tion com­mu­ni­ties across es­tates and ru­ral ar­eas off the beaten track, thereby min­i­miz­ing t he risk of in­door air pol­lu­tion and re­lated com­pli­ca­tions in such com­mu­ni­ties, has been among the com­pany’s un­der­tak­ings.

As the world com­mem­o­rates the UN man­dated In­ter­na­tional Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies and The In­ter­na­tional Day of Preser­va­tion of the Ozone Layer in the month of Septem­ber, it is rel­e­vant more than ever t hat more and more house­holds are con­verted to cleaner en­ergy.

World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) lists House­hold Air Pol­lu­tion (HAP) as a crit­i­cal is­sue that is re­spon­si­ble for 5 per­cent of global dis­ease bur­den; WHO data fur­ther con­firms that in­door air pol­lu­tion is a global health con­cern that causes non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble con­di­tions such as heart dis­ease, lung can­cer and pneu­mo­nia etc. Ac­cord­ing t o WHO es­ti­mates, around 3 bil­lion peo­ple all over the world still use solid fu­els such as wood, char­coal and kerosene in in­ef­fi­cient stoves and open fires. These cook­ing prac­tices cause poor ven­ti­la­tion in close con­fines which in turn re­sults in house­hold air pol­lu­tion and lung prob­lems.

“Litro Gas re­mains firmly com­mit­ted to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in all our un­der­tak­ings to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to­wards clean en­ergy gen­er­a­tion“, says Anil Koswatte, Chair­man and Ceo-litro Gas Lanka Ltd .& Litro Gas Ter­mi­nal Lanka (Pri­vate) Lim­ited.

“Sri Lanka to­day is en­tering­into a new phase of growth and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment – in such a set­ting, our role as the in­dus­try leader is piv­otal in driv­ing trans­for­ma­tion from fire­wood to LPG.”

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