Analysing household energy use in Kampala, Uganda with focus on correlations between Charcoal and Firewood consumption

Expiry Date
: 01/04/2026
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
: 2/4

The study investigated the predictors of charcoal and firewood use for cooking using the 2014 Uganda Census data. Analysis was conducted on 41250 households to predict charcoal and firewood use. Findings indicate that older household’s heads were more likely to use firewood than their younger counterparts. Charcoal and firewood use were more likely to be used in households whose household heads were female, married and formerly married and lived in dwelling units with two or more rooms. Changes of using charcoal and firewood decreased with the level of education and the quality of housing.

Keywords: Households, domestic fuel burning, greenhouse gasses, biomass, environment, charcoal

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Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this study is to correlate firewood and charcoal use by analysing predictors of charcoal and firewood use in Kampala City. The main objective of the study was to examine the correlates of urban household use of traditional energy for cooking in Kampala, Uganda.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module Environmental Health Practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. The effect of household fuel use on greenhouse gas emissions
  2. The predictors of charcoal and firewood use for cooking
  3. The effect of dwelling types on fuel usage.

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