NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – KOKO Networks, an international technology company that is mainstreaming clean bio-ethanol cooking fuel in Kenya, today announced the launch of KOKO Fuel, a clean, safe and affordable liquid ethanol cooking fuel solution, that is dispensed from “KOKOpoint” – Smart Fuel ATMs – located in 700 shops across the city.
The company also unveiled its new 2-burner KOKO Cooker at an event attended by Eng. Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy.
Speaking at the launch, PS Njoroge commended KOKO, highlighting the important role such solutions play in supporting the Government’s objective of 100% clean cooking fuel in Kenyan households, to transition away from polluting and harmful fuels such as charcoal and kerosene.
The PS said: “I’m very happy to be here today, to witness the launch of this very important product – KOKO Fuel. This is truly an exciting, innovative cooking solution, with no harmful emissions. I will be a proud owner of this Cooker in the next few days!”
“KOKO Fuel is a fantastic alternative solution to charcoal and paraffin, which are unsafe and used extensively by Kenyans. Traditional wood, charcoal and kerosene fuels are the leading cause of Indoor Air Pollution in Kenya, claiming more than 21,000 lives every year. This translates to more than 400 every week, many of whom are children under the age of 5, and places a big strain on our health system. At the same time, deforestation from unsustainable charcoal practices drive changes in our rainfall patterns, negatively impacting our agricultural yields. By responsibly managing the transition from charcoal, we can improve our food security.”
“Solutions like KOKO Fuel will play a big role in addressing health and environmental issues; the Ministry of Energy remains very committed to working with the private sector to enable 100% access to clean cooking fuel, and we are seeking to create a supportive policy environment that will enable solutions like KOKO Fuel to be delivered to customers as cheaply as possible.”
KOKO’s Agent network extends across greater Nairobi, from Thika to Kitengela, Kiserian to Limuru, and everywhere in-between, providing access to KOKOpoints within a short walk of all customer homes.
KOKO’s technology and approach delivers major cost efficiencies and removes the need for disposable plastic bottles, enabling KOKO Fuel to be accessed affordably by households suffering under increasing kerosene and charcoal prices. KOKO Fuel is clean and delivers no harmful emissions, an important factor for Kenya, which, according to the Ministry of Health, suffers from nearly 400 deaths per week from the diseases caused by indoor air pollution from dirty cooking fuels.
Customers use smart canisters that dock with KOKOpoints, which then dispense fuel they have pre-purchased by topping up their KOKO accounts with M-PESA. They then take their smart canister home to dock into their KOKO Cooker, a modern, high-power 2-burner ethanol stove that delivers affordable cooking energy, safely and conveniently.
Speaking at the KOKO Fuel launch, KOKO’s Chief Customer Officer, Leila Ibrahim, said: “For so long our country has been stuck with charcoal and kerosene – fuels that are slow, dirty, unsafe and expensive. As Kenyans, we all deserve better. KOKO’s technology now exists for clean heat and modern living, delivered affordably. No more handling dirty charcoal; no more endless scrubbing of sufurias; no more wasted time waiting for a jiko to heat up; no more paying high prices for toxic charcoal and kerosene fuels that endanger our families. My message to all Kenyans is this: KOKO is here.”
KOKO Fuel is delivered in partnership with Vivo Energy Kenya – the company which owns and operates Shell-branded fuels distribution infrastructure in Kenya – ensuring the reliable supply of high-quality fuel, in line with international safety standards.