The state of the global clean and improved cooking sector

Nearly 2.9 billion people still use polluting fuels like wood and coal to cook and heat their homes, at a huge cost to the society, in terms of health, environmental and economic costs, estimated at over US$123 billion every year according to this World Bank report. It provides a comprehensive picture of the current state of the global clean cooking sector and underlines urgent need to accelerate adoption of clean and efficient cooking solutions to reach sustainable energy goals by 2030.

9“The State of the Global Clean and Improved Cooking Sector” also states that further investment and active efforts from governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector will be critical to addressing the issue. Released at the second Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York on May 19, the report comes at a time when the world is striving to achieve three sustainable energy goals—universal access to energy, doubling of renewable energy share, and doubling the gains of energy efficiency. Access to clean, efficient cooking fuels and devices is one of the main priorities of the push towards universal energy access.

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