Polluting, open fires and inefficient stoves cause a range of harmful impacts that impede economic and social development and lead to significant loss of life in developing countries. Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels have the potential to reduce deaths from smoke-related illnesses, mitigate climate change, and lower air pollution. They can provide new sources of livelihoods for women while reducing the risk and drudgery of fuel collection, and can lower household expenditures on cooking fuel.
Environment
Health
Humanitarian
Livelihoods
Women & Gender
Environment
The use of polluting, open fires or inefficient fuels for cooking can cause environmental problems such as air pollution, climate change, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels can lower emissions of greenhouse gases, pollutants, and black carbon, and help protect the environment.
Health
Exposure to household air pollution from burning wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene is a leading risk factor for diseases, including childhood pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. Globally, up to four million people die prematurely each year from illnesses attributable to household aid pollution. The adoption of cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels can reduce the risks of illness and save lives.
UNHCR/R. Kangale Dadaab
Humanitarian
Refugees, internally displaced people, and other crisis-affected populations lack access to clean cooking solutions. Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels can help reduce the need for long and often dangerous trips in search of fuel, and improve outcomes in humanitarian settings.
Livelihoods
Reliance on polluting, open fires or inefficient stoves places economic burdens on families, as time spent collecting fuel or cooking often means less time for women and girls to work in the paid economy or remain in school. Clean cooking solutions expand economic opportunities for women and girls.
Women & Gender
While women and girls are disproportionately affected by the health and economic impacts of polluting, open fires or inefficient stoves, they play a crucial role in the widespread adoption and use of cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels because of their central responsibility for managing household energy.
November 28, 2018
Webinar on in-field black carbon emissions of liquid, gas, and high-performing biomass stoves

Contact Information
To reach the Alliance with questions or comments: info@cleancookingalliance.org

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