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Clean Cooking Forum 2022

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Martin Kimani

Managing Director, M-Gas Limited

Is the Managing Director for M-Gas Limited, a subsidiary of Circle gas, a UK based company.  Circle Gas is a fast-growing Pay-As-You-Go clean cooking company making cooking with LPG more accessible and affordable for urban households in developing countries. Circle Gas uses its own logistics network to install its LPG cooking equipment in low-income urban households. Circle Gas’s Smart Meter enables customers to use mobile money to pay for gas to cook meal-by-meal based on the households financial ability, with no upfront acquisition costs.

Martin Kimani heads the Kenya subsidiary where he is the Managing Director. M-gas currently has over 300,000 households who have subscribed to the Pay as You go LPG solution in Kenya. The households consume over 1 million kilos of gas per month. M-gas is rapidly growing having been in existence for less than 3 years in Kenya with over 1,500 employees to support the logistics and last mile network for their clean cooking solution offering. Martin Kimani has over 17 years in the LPG sector and was previously the head of Rubis energy in Kenya, a market leading multinational Oil and Gas company in Kenya.

Day 0 October 10
Sessions by Martin Kimani
Day 1 October 11
Sessions by Martin Kimani
Day 2 October 12
Sessions by Martin Kimani
1:45 pm-2:30 pm
Breakout Room C

Friend or Foe - The Role of End-user Subsidies in Developing Clean Cooking Markets

Opinion on the role of end-user subsidies for high quality stove and fuels (e.g. ISO Tier 4-5 for efficiency and emissions) stoves and fuels is often divided into two camps; those who view end-user subsidies, especially freely distributed stoves, as inappropriate tools that risk reducing willingness to pay and distorting market structures, and those that see end-user subsidies as a necessary tool to ensure that socially beneficial solutions like clean cooking are accessible at the last mile and affordable for those at the base of the pyramid. While subsidies typically provide a partial reduction in price, the recent revival of carbon markets is making 100% subsidies on clean cooking products more common in the clean cooking industry. In light of national experiences with household energy subsidies in places like Ecuador, India, and Indonesia, it is opportune to better understand the risks and opportunities of end-user subsidies in the development of sustainable clean cooking markets.

The first part of the session will be structured as a debate with panelists responding to the proposition “Large end-user subsidies for high quality stoves and fuels do more harm than good in the development of sustainable clean cooking markets”.

The second part of the session will be a moderated discussion between the panelists based on some of the views presented during the debate, rebuttals, brainstorming about how smart, targeted subsidies might change the equation, and questions from the audience.

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Speakers
Jan Cloin Coordinator, Energizing Development, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Abass Ibrahim Tasunti Head of Economic Regulation, National Petroleum Authority, Ghana
Darby Jack Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Martin Kimani Managing Director, M-Gas Limited
Juliet Pumpuni Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank
Day 3 October 13
Sessions by Martin Kimani
Day 4 October 14
Sessions by Martin Kimani
Sessions by Martin Kimani
Sessions by Martin Kimani
Sessions by Martin Kimani
1:45 pm-2:30 pm
Breakout Room C

Friend or Foe - The Role of End-user Subsidies in Developing Clean Cooking Markets

Opinion on the role of end-user subsidies for high quality stove and fuels (e.g. ISO Tier 4-5 for efficiency and emissions) stoves and fuels is often divided into two camps; those who view end-user subsidies, especially freely distributed stoves, as inappropriate tools that risk reducing willingness to pay and distorting market structures, and those that see end-user subsidies as a necessary tool to ensure that socially beneficial solutions like clean cooking are accessible at the last mile and affordable for those at the base of the pyramid. While subsidies typically provide a partial reduction in price, the recent revival of carbon markets is making 100% subsidies on clean cooking products more common in the clean cooking industry. In light of national experiences with household energy subsidies in places like Ecuador, India, and Indonesia, it is opportune to better understand the risks and opportunities of end-user subsidies in the development of sustainable clean cooking markets.

The first part of the session will be structured as a debate with panelists responding to the proposition “Large end-user subsidies for high quality stoves and fuels do more harm than good in the development of sustainable clean cooking markets”.

The second part of the session will be a moderated discussion between the panelists based on some of the views presented during the debate, rebuttals, brainstorming about how smart, targeted subsidies might change the equation, and questions from the audience.

Watch this session.

Speakers
Jan Cloin Coordinator, Energizing Development, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Abass Ibrahim Tasunti Head of Economic Regulation, National Petroleum Authority, Ghana
Darby Jack Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Martin Kimani Managing Director, M-Gas Limited
Juliet Pumpuni Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank
Sessions by Martin Kimani
Sessions by Martin Kimani