I have seen firsthand the importance of access to energy and clean cookstoves, especially in humanitarian settings. This is an issue that impacts multiple Sustainable Development Goals and it must play a central role in our work to ensure the realization of human needs and fundamental rights.”
ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
SECRETARY-GENERAL-DESIGNATE OF THE UNITED NATIONS, MEMBER OF THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL OF THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR CLEAN COOKSTOVES

Sector Results and Market Trends

Each year the Alliance invites organizations working in the sector to share their annual sales and distribution numbers. This self-reported data is compiled and published as an important tool to help track and measure progress toward increasing access to and adoption of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels.

Based on results reported by partners this year and careful analyses of the trends in available data, an estimated 20.6 million stoves and fuels were distributed in 2015, of which 13 million (63%) were clean and/or efficient. Cumulatively, an estimated 82 million stoves and fuels, including 53 million clean and/or efficient, have been distributed since 2010.

letter from the ceo
“The good news is that clean cooking is increasingly recognized as critical to addressing a broad range of global goals, from saving lives to mitigating climate change.”
INDIA
“Until recently we used solid fuels for cooking. This year, we got LPG. It is a whole new level of convenience for us. Before we used to have to sit out in the sun with a simple chulha using wood or charcoal. Now it is a lot easier and the food cooks faster. When cooking the old way, there used to be a lot of smoke and my eyes kept watering all the time. My sister and brother-in-law live in the neighboring village and they still use wood and charcoal for cooking. This is very inconvenient for them and I would really recommend using LPG to them and all my neighbors.”
— SUDHA SHARMA, STOVE USER IN INDIA
 

Strengthening the Sector

The Alliance's market-based approach is helping create a more cohesive and dynamic clean cooking sector. Using a three-pronged model focused on increasing demand, strengthening supply, and fostering an enabling environment, the Alliance works with hundreds of partners from around the world to establish a market capable of enabling 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

Continuing the momentum begun during its first six years, the Alliance has made significant progress over the past 12 months.

FOSTER AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT
Leveraging research, advocacy, standards, and
policy change to facilitate further sector growth
STRENGTHEN SUPPLY
Boosting innovation, capacity, and investment
INCREASE DEMAND
Driving uptake through awareness, accessibility and behavior change
 
GUATEMALA
“I tried out some of the stoves at the demonstration event and I knew we had to get one. Since we purchased our new stove, we use a lot less wood and there's much less smoke. We save money, the air is better for my children, and my husband even told me one night that I no longer smelled like smoke, which made me very happy.”
— AMALIA QUEXEL CAY, STOVE USER IN GUATEMALA

Prioritizing Clean Cooking at the Global Level

From the ongoing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate, to inclusion in global convenings such as the G20 Summit and the World Humanitarian Summit, the Alliance is highlighting the power of clean cooking to help achieve the world's development objectives.

Clean cooking can directly help deliver progress across 10 of the 17 SDGs, while contributing to an enabling environment for achieving the entire Agenda 2030.
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.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR GLOBAL ADVOCACY WORK

Progress from Alliance Focus Countries

As part of a strategy to maximize impact and strengthen national markets for clean cooking, the Alliance continues to concentrate market-development efforts in eight countries: Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. These focus countries form the foundation for the Alliance's work to promote a thriving market for clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels.

 
UGANDA, NAKIVALE REFUGEE SETTLEMENT
“Without fuel, we have to collect wood from very far away so we can make a fire to cook with. Without light, it is very dangerous, and women are afraid to leave their homes after dark. When girls and women go far from the camp to get firewood for cooking, it can take many hours, and they face the possibility that they may be attacked. As a woman and as a refugee, I believe that we all should have light and cooking fuel. If we have light and fuel for cooking, we can work more, study more, and enjoy our time together more. And if we can do all that, I believe we will be able to do anything.”
— HALIMA MOHAMED, SOMALI REFUGEE, NAKIVALE SETTLEMENT, REFUGEE AMBASSADOR FOR UNHCR

1,600 Partners and Counting

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves brings together a broad and ever-expanding base of partners: more than 1,600 organizations representing the private sector, governments and multilaterals, NGOs, philanthropists and donors, the humanitarian sector, and academic fields. Here we provide just a few of the year's highlights from Alliance partners working to enable 100 million households to adopt clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

Global Chefs Advocating for Clean Cooking

Led by world-renowned Chef José Andrés, the Global Alliance Chef Corps is made up of high-profile chefs from around the globe who help raise awareness about the harmful impacts of traditional cooking techniques in their native countries and far beyond. This year, Chef Corps members conducted a broad range of activities to spread the clean cooking message.

chef josé Andrés
global
chef susan kamau
kenya
chef sanjeev kapoor
india
chef ron duprat
haiti
chef pati jinich
mexico
 
GUATEMALA
“Our new stove is so much better than my old one. The old one used a lot more wood and leaked smoke everywhere. The cooking now goes faster, I don't cough as much, and my son can stay with me in the kitchen while I cook to play and do homework.”
— ROSA GUISELA ESCOT, STOVE USER IN GUATEMALA
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is grateful for the generous financial and in-kind support of our donors
As countries seek to deliver on the ambition of the SDGs, we must seize every opportunity to implement cross-cutting development solutions that address disease, climate change, and poverty. Clean cookstoves and alternative fuels are an effective means for delivering dramatic improvements in health, air quality, and livelihoods, while providing women with critical time savings and safety benefits.”
AMINA MOHAMMED
FORMER SPECIAL ADVISER TO UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON ON POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOR NIGERIA

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