Access to clean energy
Clean cooking is essential to addressing energy poverty and ensuring sustainable energy security for billions of people.
Up to 58% of black carbon emissions come from burning solid fuels for cooking and heating in homes. Clean cooking solutions address the most basic needs of the poor, while also delivering climate benefits.
Unpaid work, including collecting fuel and cooking, remains a major cause of gender inequality. Women and girls, who often spend hours inhaling toxic fumes, are also disproportionately affected by the negative health impacts of cooking with inefficient stoves and fuels.
Reducing smoke emissions from cooking decreases the burden of disease associated with household air pollution and improves well-being, especially for women and children.
Clean cooking addresses household and ambient air pollution, resource efficiency, and climate vulnerability.
Up to 34% of woodfuel harvested is unsustainable, contributing to forest degradation, deforestation, and climate change.