World Bank Supports Program to Bring Clean Cooking to 100 Million Households

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – More than three billion people around the world use inefficient cookstoves and traditional biomass fuels for cooking. Over 4.3 million lives a year are lost due to household air pollution from traditional cooking. Furthermore, traditional cooking has a high economic cost for developing nations. Households spend money on poor quality fuel and use a significant amount of productive time in fuel collection. Endeavors to improve this situation have typically faced the hurdle of weak markets and distribution systems for cleaner stoves and fuels.

Now the World Bank Group has entered into a major partnership with the Global Alliance for Cookstoves, which aims to bring clean cooking to 100 million households worldwide that still use inefficient cookstoves and solid fuels for cooking. The new five-year Efficient Clean Cooking and Heating Partnership was announced recently at the Cookstoves Future Summit in New York. The partnership will support in-country programs undertaken by both the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the World Bank Group. It will be managed by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).

The World Bank has committed to mobilize $60 million to help achieve the goals of this new partnership. The partnership will undertake work at three levels. It will engage with governments and agencies to support national policies, standards and testing for cleaner cooking technologies. It will provide technical knowhow for manufacturers and distributors across the supply chain. It will spread awareness and education among the consumers about the advantages of clean cooking.

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will play a key role in the partnership to encourage the involvement of private sector in this area, and catalyze private investments. In the initial stage, the partnership will work in 12 countries, including the eight Alliance focus countries – Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, India, Nigeria, and Uganda.

The World Bank Group has more than 20 years of experience in the field of scaling up clean cooking activities in several countries. It has ongoing engagements in East Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. The current programs in these regions include the Africa Clean Cooking Energy Solutions program, the East Asia and Pacific Clean Stove Initiative, and the Central America Clean Cooking Initiative.

Source: World Bank

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