By the Numbers

In just five years, the Alliance and its partners have made significant strides toward developing a clean cookstoves and fuels sector that is poised to scale and built for sustainable growth.
For too long, cooking has been a silent killer in developing countries around the world. Finally, we are seeing a growing momentum around this issue. Thanks to the Alliance and its many partners, millions more people are now using clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels. We must continue to build on this new momentum and ensure solving this global problem remains a global priority.”
Kofi Annan
former un secretary general
“My new stove is clean, burns with no smoke, and cooks all our meals quickly, including fried chicken. I can now spend more time with my children. My family is happier and much healthier with our new stove. We no longer suffer from coughing and burning eyes.”
— Natalie

Our Model

The Alliance leverages a market-based approach to build a more cohesive sector, strengthening existing actors and attracting new ones to eliminate fragmentation and establish a sustainable, healthy market capable of enabling 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.
The Alliance has demonstrated strong ambition and made remarkable progress in the first five years since its establishment. I commend the leadership the Alliance has provided to galvanizing international efforts to develop market-based solutions to improving access to clean cooking solutions. We are pleased to be able to work with the Alliance to play our part in creating a healthier and more prosperous future for the girls and women on whom the burden so often falls hardest.”
Rt Hon. Grant Shapps
UK Minister of State for International Development and
Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Addressing A Global Challenge

people rely on open fires and simple stoves that burn solid fuels like wood, animal dung, and coal to cook their food.
people die prematurely from illnesses attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels every year.
of black carbon emissions come from burning solid fuels for household energy needs.
in annual costs to health, environment, and economies in the developing world because of solid fuel use for cooking.
“I used to cook on a traditional stove. My hands were like grease. You couldn’t wash it away. Fire would come up through the holes and I’d get burned. Blackness was everywhere. On every wall. The pots. Even the ceilings. My children were always sick and it was a far walk to find a clinic. But that was our life. What could anyone do about it?”
— Monica
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is leading global efforts to reduce economic and climate risks while protecting the health of women and children. The United States was proud to help launch the Alliance in 2010, but we are even more proud that, after five years, the Alliance is so well poised to meet its ambitious goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient cooking by 2020.”
Gina McCarthy
epa administrator and global alliance for clean cookstovesleadership council member

Stories of Impact

letter from our leadership council
“Five years ago the global community came together with a common vision — to shine a light on and change the way millions of people in developing countries cook.”
letter from our ceo
“The Alliance has helped raise the issue of household air pollution and the benefits clean and efficient technologies and fuels to the highest levels of international development.”

10 Things We Know Now That We Didn't Know Then

1. Household air pollution causes 4.3 million deaths a year, up from the 1.9 million premature deaths the World Health Organization had previously estimated. This higher figure is due to the 2012 inclusion of cardiovascular disease from smoke inhalation in the mortality figures from the use of traditional stoves and open fires.
2. $4.7 billion is needed globally to ensure universal access to clean cooking energy through 2030, according to a 2015 report by the World Bank.
3. Household air pollution is the #1 environmental risk factor for the burden of disease in developing countries, responsible for a higher burden than unclean drinking water and poor sanitation.
4. Women entrepreneurs are more successful at selling cookstoves and maintaining customers — women in Kenya who received training outsold their male counterparts 3 to 1.
5. Household air pollution is responsible for up to 25% of black carbon emissions globally, with especially high percentages in Asia and Africa.
6. New biomass stoves are approaching the efficiency and emissions levels of stoves using cleaner burning fuels. Research and development have significantly improved the performance of biomass stoves, increasing the usability and affordability of using solid fuels, based on test results of 19 new stove prototypes.
7. Household air pollution is the leading cause of non-communicable diseases among women in developing countries.
8. People do not need to move up the energy ladder rung by rung — millions of people are leapfrogging from basic solid-fuel stoves to induction stoves, solar cookers, and those that use cleaner burning fuels such as ethanol, LPG, and biogas.
9. Women are willing to give up their traditional stoves and adopt clean cookstoves and fuels exclusively, as demonstrated in child survival studies; 80% of women in a study underway in Nigeria gave away their kerosene stoves after they switched to cleaner-burning ethanol stoves.
10. Increasing numbers of humanitarian agencies recognize access to energy as having a direct impact on the health, safety, and livelihoods of crisis-affected people. As a result, leading humanitarian responders are now including energy products as part of their emergency distributions, alongside food and shelter.
Since its formation, the Alliance has played a critical role in building a global market for clean cookstoves. This is helping to bring cleaner energy to homes around the world.”
Ben van Beurden
chief executive officer of royal dutch shell plc andmember of the board of trustees of shell foundation

The Next Five Years... and Beyond

Over the next five years, the Alliance will build on our previous successes as we work toward our ambitious goals.
Projected impacts of the Alliance’s work over the next five years*

640,000 lives saved,
including 170,000

2.1 million
sector jobs

1.9 billion
trees saved

1.6 billion metric tons of CO2e saved (equivalent to that of 340 million passenger vehicles)

61% reduction in
spending on fuel per

6.2% of household
income saved

102 hours saved
annually per
household collecting

*In the first printing of the Five Year Report, this figure only included impacts for Phase 3 (2018-2020) of the Alliance. This figure has been corrected in the online and subsequent printed versions.
Household air pollution prematurely kills over 4 million people each year; we now know what needs to be done, and the solutions are within our grasp. It is up to all of us to continue working together to achieve universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. I applaud the Alliance’s strategic approach to achieving universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels.”
Gro Harlem Brundtland
former prime minister of norway

What People Are Saying About the Alliance

José Andrés
Chef/Owner, Think Food Group, and Alliance Global Ambassador
Børge Brende
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Secretary of State, United States, and Alliance Leadership Council Chair
Anita Marangoly George
Senior Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice
Nasrul Hamid
MP, Bangladesh, State Minister of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources
Edward Hanrahan
CEO, ClimateCare
Gary Hattem
Deutsche Bank Americas, United States
Juan Orlando Hernández
President of Honduras
Purna Saggurti
Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch