04 February 2021

How Fossil Fuels are Being Used to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

In Part II of an interview with Forbes, James Rockall, CEO and Managing Director of the WLPGA, discusses the logistics of integrating LPG for cooking into the developing world. Elaborating on government programmes that are pursuing this goal, discussing success stories from around the world and elaborating on how these LPG programmes are assisting in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.


Says James Rockall, “Take Indonesia, for instance. In 2004, over 90% of homes used kerosene for cooking. Now over 90% of homes are using LPG - almost the entire population of Indonesia since 2004. And in that program, actually the reason for that, was to move people away from subsidized kerosene because it was costing the government a lot. It cost them about one and a half billion dollars to implement the program in terms of capital cost and they saved five and a half billion dollars in kerosene subsidies. So, within the first year, this was an economic success for the government.


But the other thing that came out of it … is they have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions because of the switch to more efficient and low carbon fuel. They save, every year, more CO2 than is emitted by all new cars on the road in Indonesia, just from this switch. So, in terms of CO2 reduction, it's huge. So, Indonesia shows that we can do it.”