Cooking Fuel Choice in Urban Zambia: Implications on Forest Cover

This study examined the use of various sources of cooking energy among urban households in Zambia, and analyzed urban households’ energy choice and charcoal consumption decisions using econometric models. Overall, charcoal is the most common source of main cooking energy in urban areas, followed by electricity, and lastly the other non-specific sources, such as gas, and kerosene. Of the three main sources considered in this study (i.e., electricity only, charcoal only, and a mix of charcoal and electricity) charcoal accounted for almost half (44%) of urban households, followed by a mix of charcoal and electricity representing 38%, and lastly electricity only accounting for 17% of urban households.

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