Spotlight on the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

By creating a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves improves livelihoods, empowers women, and works to protect the environment at the same time. The Alliance helps households adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. It is a private-public partnership hosted by the United Nations Foundation, which cooperates with several public, private and non-profit partners.

The importance of clean cooking for the empowerment of women is becoming increasingly acknowledged in the international development arena. In addition, clean cooking can help bring health and air pollution improvements, while contributing to sustainable energy growth and promoting the use of low-emission technologies. The combined effort of the African Climate Technology Center, the Global Environment Facility and the African Development Bank also demonstrates that. Their mission supports Sub-Saharan countries in the adaptation and mitigation of clean technologies and their widespread dissemination. The African Climate Technology Center has also launched a process that, among others, supports marked-based approaches, which are accompanied with clean cooking solutions. The Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, the University of Liverpool, as well as the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University for Science and Technology are also participating in the research of market-based clean cooking solutions diffusion.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be achieved without universal access to clean energy and without woman empowerment. The Vienna Energy Forum 2017 has also highlighted their importance at the following events: (1) Spotlight Event: the Poor People’s Energy Outlook 2017: Financing National Energy Access: A Bottom Up Approach and (2) the High-Level Panel on the Role of Energy in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with Focus on Poverty. . The wider access to clean cooking technologies is one way to achieve the global access to clean energy and make women part of the movement. Clean cooking is not just an end goal; it is also an ingredient, which helps promote a healthier lifestyle. In order to carry on with this approach, more investment-ready products and enabling market policies will be needed and the aspirations of the users also need to be understood.

Drawdown, the book written by Paul Hawken, states a different, more aggressive approach, which also includes clean cooking solutions in order to slow down climate change. The author highlights the context of food production and overconsumption of fossil fuels and global warming. New clean cooking technologies can reduce emissions and curb climate change. The book describes the Global Alliance as a primary leader in the sector that stands for sustainable cooking technologies on the global market.

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