WLPGA Press Release: Greater access to LP Gas can help save millions of lives
Paris, France – 17 December 2012
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2010, published 13 December in the Lancet, revealed that an estimated four million people die prematurely globally every year from household air pollution, caused by cooking with solid fuels, such as wood, and cooking on open fires, or with traditional stoves. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries. The GBD study showed globally, household air pollution is now the largest environmental risk factor, the second greatest risk factor for women.
“The global death toll of four million from household cooking smoke is double previous estimates, and is largely due to better data this time around on heart disease, lung cancer, lung disease, which are all on the rise. Household air pollution is clearly a global health emergency,” said James Rockall, CEO, World LP Gas Association (WLPGA). “We urgently ask governments, NGOs, and the private sector to join our Cooking for Life initiative to get one billion households to switch from solid fuels to clean fuels such as LP Gas, which is an important part of the solution”. Last September, the WLPGA launched Cooking for Life to reduce death and illness from lack of access to clean cooking fuels. The five-year initiative aims to achieve the one-billion clean fuels target through partnering with governments, development agencies. In World Energy Outlook 2011, the International Energy Agency estimates that unless governments take bolder action to improve access and affordability to modern fuels, the number of people without access will barely change by 2030. NOTE TO EDITORS: The WLPGA promotes the use of LP Gas worldwide to foster a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous world and aims to add value to the industry sector through driving premium demand for LP Gas, while also promoting compliance with good business and safety practices. The Association was established in 1987 and granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1989. CONTACT:
Michael Kelly, Deputy Managing Director, WLPGA
Tel: +33 1 78 99 13 30