By Jessie Durrett
A report released this week by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves shows that more than 53 million clean and/or efficient cookstoves and fuels have been distributed in the 2010-2015 timeframe. The 2016 Progress Report highlights the continuing momentum as the Alliance’s more than 1,600 partners work toward the goal of enabling 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.
The report highlights the growing recognition by global leaders that clean cooking is essential to achieving global development and climate goals. Additionally, the report outlines progress in advancing clean cooking markets in the Alliance’s eight focus countries. For example, sustained advocacy efforts from the Alliance and numerous partners helped governments across Africa and Asia set new policies that are enabling a stronger and more vibrant cookstoves market, including Kenya’s elimination of a 16% tax on cooking gas, Bangladesh’s 10% reduction in its state import duty on more efficient cookstoves, Ghana’s new LPG for Cooking Policy, and China’s inclusion of clean cooking in its current Five-Year-Plan. India’s unprecedented plans to connect 50 million households under the poverty line to cooking gas over the next three years are also moving forward rapidly. Evidence on the health benefits of clean cooking grew this year, and in response to these findings, several public health agencies are already finding ways to incorporate clean cooking into their work.
“The clean cooking sector is becoming more cohesive and dynamic, with an expanding base of partners, many new entrants, and a growing variety of stoves and fuels available to the end user,” said Alliance CEO Radha Muthiah. “While we move into 2017 with strong momentum, there is still much to do on our mission to make clean cooking affordable and accessible for all.”
Find the digital edition of the 2016 Alliance Progress Report, download the full report, and explore additional resources at: www.cleancookstoves.org/progress2016