Phase I (2010 - 2014)
In 2011, the Alliance released a comprehensive sector strategy in its groundbreaking report Igniting Change: A Strategy for Universal Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels. The subsequent three-phase Alliance strategic business plan provides a clear roadmap for the creation of a dynamic market for clean cooking solutions. Thanks to the energy and commitment of its dedicated partners, donors, and supporters, the Initiative has surpassed many of its original goals. Here, in brief, are a few of the Alliance’s major achievements to date.
- Growing our Partner Base and Expanding the Clean Cooking Sector
The Alliance has grown from a handful of initial partners at our launch to over 1,600 global partners. As of January 2015, we work with 51 national governments, 12 UN agencies, hundreds of entrepreneurs, enterprises, and NGOs, dozens of investors, and scores of foundations. Our multisector appeal and proven market-driven approach have also brought a wealth of new players to the table including global corporations, financial institutions, bilateral donors, civil society groups, and f entrepreneurs and enterprises looking to build capacity, scale production, and improve their technologies and fuels to deliver health and environmental benefits to those at the base of the pyramid. Researchers across several disciplines, including climate, gender, public health, and public policy are incorporating cookstoves and fuels elements into their studies. The Alliance has worked to support national and regional alliances in Africa, Asia, and Central America that are essential to our critical clean cooking mission.
- Driving Innovation and Building Enterprise Capacity
The Alliance established the Spark Fund, Women’s Empowerment Fund, Catalytic Small Grants Fund, and the Pilot Innovation Fund in order to support the development of commercially viable enterprises and encourage innovations in design, manufacturing, and distribution of clean cookstoves and fuels. Using these grants and other forms of soft and patient capital, the Alliance has developed a robust pipeline of opportunities for investment and has mobilized significant investor interest in the sector, most notably a $100 million commitment from Bank of America, USAID, Deutsche Bank, and others to support investment in the sector in Phase 2. The Alliance also continues to create revenue streams for clean cooking enterprises by enhancing the demand for and access to carbon credits through our Carbon Finance Platform for clean cooking.
- Mobilizing Grants and Investment in Clean Cookstoves and Fuels
During Phase 1, the Alliance and our global partners have driven $62 million in grant funding for Secretariat activities and another $50 million in investment for the sector at large.
- Developing Global Standards and Testing
The Alliance, in collaboration with national standards committees and relevant organizations from 23 countries, has supported International Organization of Standardization Technical Committee 285 (ISO TC285), the first standards for cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and clean cooking solutions. The Alliance is also increasing local capacity in design innovation and testing by supporting 13 Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers (RTKCs) across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and coordinating knowledge training and staff development within a broader network of RTKCs. In addition, the Alliance has produced the Clean Cooking Catalog, an online database of stove and fuel performance, including information on stove features, design specifications, emissions levels, efficiency, and safety from both laboratory and field-testing.
- Promoting Clean Fuels to Achieve Health and Environmental Benefits
To save lives and mitigate the environmental impacts of black carbon and deforestation, the Alliance is also working to expand the role of cleaner and renewable fuels. Central to our work are efforts to improve access, availability, and affordability of electricity, LPG, ethanol, methanol, biogas and solar for cooking. The Alliance has commissioned research to identify barriers across the clean fuel supply chain, supported capacity building of clean fuel enterprises, increased the number of investors and resources to support scale and adoption of clean fuels in priority markets, and developed mechanisms to share best practices.
- Integrating Women into the Clean Cooking Value Chain
The Alliance recognizes that women largely determine the use and adoption of clean cooking solutions and is documenting the impact women can have on adoption when they are engaged as entrepreneurs in the value chain. Working with our partners, the Alliance is testing the most effective gender-informed business models for scaling adoption and is providing targeted capacity building, training, and other tools to help partners address gender issues and integrate women into the clean cooking sector. In addition, the Alliance launched the Women’s Empowerment Fund to provide financing for our partners to test new ways to empower women, and we are also funding innovative approaches to gender integration.
- Taking Action and Sharing Knowledge
The Alliance has seen tremendous momentum in its focus countries of Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda since 2010. Government leaders have built clean cooking solutions into their health, energy, and environmental policies and programs, investors have included clean cooking projects into their lending and investment portfolios, and in-country stakeholders have worked closely with the Alliance to develop and execute comprehensive National Action Plans. The Alliance has also expanded and enriched its base of knowledge on the sector through twenty national market assessments, five customer segmentation studies, webinars, and informative reports that add to the sector’s understanding of the potential of clean cookstoves to help drive future expansion of the industry. The Alliance has also hosted international, regional, and national convenings including the 2013 Biennial Clean Cooking Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that brought 500+ participants from 60 countries together for the largest gathering to date of sector stakeholders, and the 2014 Cookstoves Futures Summit in New York that raised over $400 million in grants and investments for the sector.
- Building the Evidence Base by Galvanizing and Coordinating the Research Community
The Alliance has invested more than $5 million in competitive research grants to support 39 studies across 23 countries. We have formed a Research Advisory Committee of leading experts across different disciplines and helped build the evidence base for clean cookstoves and fuels thorough support for studies on child survival, climate change, clean fuels, women’s empowerment, and cookstoves and fuels markets. In addition, the Alliance has worked to share that knowledge with a broader network of advocates and stakeholders by hosting webinars and creating partner country toolkits that outline best practices and strategies for driving progress in the sector, as well as working with the World Health Organization on the development and roll-out of the Indoor Air Quality Guidelines. The Alliance’s Global Research Platform also works to convene researchers, commission research, and communicate results on the impacts of clean cooking solutions.
- Raising Awareness of Household Air Pollution and Advocating for Change
The Alliance has been featured in hundreds of global, national, and local media outlets and has mobilized experts and influencers to highlight the urgency of the household air pollution issue and raise awareness of clean cooking solutions among policy-makers, donors, the private sector, and civil society. The Alliance’s ambassadors, champions, and Leadership and Advisory Council members include a diverse group of world leaders, celebrities, executives, and other experts who are involved in advocacy and strategic guidance, fundraising, and media campaigns for the Alliance. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has played an invaluable role as a champion for the issue, leading the Alliance’s launch and early diplomatic outreach efforts, and currently serves as honorary chair of the Leadership Council. The Alliance’s Chef Corps, comprised of well-known international culinary ambassadors who are passionate about reducing household air pollution, provides support for our efforts at the global level as well as in the Corp member’s respective countries.