Dr Kwame Adjei-Mantey

Dr Kwame  Adjei-Mantey

Ghana

University of Environment and Sustainable Development PMB Somanya

Sustainable Energy and Resources

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Dr Kwame Adjei-Mantey holds a PhD in Economics from the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, Japan. He obtained his MPhil at the University of Ghana and his BA from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. His research interests broadly cover applied microeconomics and micro econometrics. Issues of environmental economics, energy economics, economics of development, and behavioural economics are of particular interest. He has experience teaching microeconomic theory, public sector economics, and statistics for economists. His recent publications are in Energy Policy, Environment Development and Sustainability, and Environment and Development Economics. Currently, he has a teaching position at the University of Environment and Sustainable Developmen

Fields Of Expertise

Economics of the environment, Energy economics, Economics of the household

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND ENERGY POVERTY IN GHANA

Households that rely on traditional energy sources are considered energy poor.

 

In Ghana, there is still an over-reliance on traditional energy sources such as firewood and charcoal for household cooking. This leads to heavy pollution, and the resultant ill effects on the health and well-being of household members – and climate change.

 

The level of environmental awareness is quite low; and due to poverty, households tend to place more emphasis on primary needs – food, clothing, shelter, and health care – neglecting cleaner energy sources such as electricity and LPG for cooking. This happens especially if protecting the environment limits their ability to afford their basic needs.

 

Dr Kwame Adjei-Mantey’s FAR-LeaF research project is titled Environmental consciousness, energy poverty and social origin: an empirical analysis. The study seeks to gauge the level of environmental consciousness, examine the relationship that exists between energy poverty and environmental awareness, and the interactions between social origin and energy policy. We will ask three questions: What is the level of environmental consciousness in Ghana? What is the role of environmental consciousness in household energy decisions? How does social origin influence access to and the adoption of cleaner energy?

 

About one thousand households in multiple districts across the country will be interviewed to collect primary data. This will be followed by an analysis of the data, stakeholder visits and a workshop to discuss the results.

 

Stakeholders to be involved include policymakers from among others, the Energy Commission, the National Petroleum Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, the ministries of Energy, Environment Science Technology and Innovation, Local Government and Rural Development and then the media and academia.

 

The study will make important contributions that fill gaps in the literature. It will show us the role of social origin and environmental awareness in energy decisions. As an African who has witnessed first-hand the adverse effects of poverty, disease and inadequate access to modern infrastructure, the development of the continent means a lot, particularly within the context of sustainability.