DAR ES SALAAM, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's parliament on Thursday urged the government to modify all its vehicles from using fuel to using compressed natural gas (CNG) to reduce carbon emissions and save costs.
Sillo Baran, the chairman of the parliamentary committee on budget, said modification of government vehicles will also help in reducing imports of fuel.
Baran said despite being blessed with abundant natural resources, including natural gas, Tanzania lagged behind in using the resources to spur development and fight poverty.
The lawmaker was presenting the committee's reaction to the state of the nation's economy and national development plan as well as national budget estimates for the 2022/2023 financial year that were tabled in parliament on Tuesday.
He said many countries across the world are currently shifting from using fossil fuels to using renewable energy, including natural gas, to reduce carbon emissions.
Tanzania's state run Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam is modifying vehicles from using petrol to using compressed natural gas.
The modification work started in 2018 and until now DIT has converted more than 800 cars from using fuel to using natural gas and more people are making inquiries for converting their vehicles, according to official at the institute.