Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals Through Clean Cooking
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015 by 193 nations, mark a major step towards addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change over the next 15 years. As the world works towards implementing these goals it is particularly important that we invest in:
- Solutions at the household level
- Solutions that are proven and ready to scale
- Solutions that address the root challenges of poverty, inequality, and climate change
- Solutions that have economically inclusive, cross-cutting impacts
- Solutions that unleash potential
All too often overlooked, clean cooking is one of these solutions.
By developing a thriving global market for clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels, we can transform the way the world cooks: saving lives, improving livelihoods, empowering women, and protecting the environment simultaneously. Clean cooking can contribute to an enabling environment for achieving the entire Agenda 2030 and directly deliver across 10 of the SDGs.
How clean cooking helps deliver on the global goals
Clean cooking is part of basic services necessary to lead a healthy and productive life and saves households time and money.
Efficient cookstoves reduce the amount of fuel needed to cook, thus reducing the burden on families who would otherwise have to collect it, buy it, or trade their food for it.
Reducing smoke emissions from cooking decreases the burden of disease associated with household air pollution and improves well-being, especially for women and children.
Children, particularly girls, are often kept out of school so that they can contribute to household tasks, like cooking and collecting fuel.
Unpaid work, including collecting fuel and cooking, remain a major cause of gender inequality.
Clean cooking is essential to addressing energy poverty and ensuring sustainable energy security for billions of people.
Energy access enables enhanced productivity and inclusive economic growth. The clean cooking sector offers many job opportunities.
Clean cooking addresses household and ambient air pollution, resource efficiency, and climate vulnerability.
Up to 25% of black carbon emissions come from burning solid fuels for household energy needs. Clean cooking solutions address the most basic needs of the poor, while also delivering climate benefits.
Up to 34% of woodfuel harvested is unsustainable, contributing to forest degradation, deforestation, and climate change.
Our Role in the Global Goals
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves supported the inclusion of frequently overlooked issues, like clean cooking, in the SDGs and the values the intersectional nature. Additionally, the Alliance has played an active and collaborative role in advocating for the inclusion of robust and accurate indicators in the framework that will be used to measure success of the SDGs. Specifically, the Alliance’s work helped lead an indicator on ambient and household air pollution under Goal 3 on Health, an indicator on unpaid work under Goal 5 on Gender Equality, and an indicator on household cooking energy under Goal 7 on Energy.
The Alliance is now continuing its work to integrate and elevate clean cooking in SDG implementation. The Alliance is a resource for stakeholders looking to accelerate implementation of the SDGs. Specifically, our staff and partners are working to inform national efforts and ensure that clean cooking is part of efforts to improve health, empower women, protect the environment, improve livelihoods, and enhance energy access.