Clean cooking stove

Clean Cooking

Our Clean Cooking programme focuses on filling missing links within the sector, including the need to raise ambition and help governments recognize the co-benefits of clean cooking access, and providing data to drive planning and investment in scalable solutions.

2.3 bn

People without clean cooking access in 2021


Estimated costs of negative health, gender and climate consequences of a lack of clean cooking

3.5 bn $

Estimated annual investment needed to meet Sustainable Development Goal 7’s clean cooking target


The Challenge

Despite the heavy toll on human health and the environment, progress on access to clean cooking has been slow, barely keeping pace with population growth. About one third of the global population—some 2.3 (2.0–2.6) billion people—still lacked access in 2021. Over the past decade, access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking rose by only 14 percentage points.

The negative impacts associated with the lack of access to modern cooking are estimated to cost USD 2.4 trillion a year, as a result of negative externalities for health (USD 1.4 trillion), gender (USD 0.8 trillion), and climate (USD 0.2 trillion). The cost of inaction far exceeds the annual investment needed to achieve the universal access target, which is estimated to be USD 4.5 billion.

A lack of political commitment on clean cooking, poor coordination across government ministries to address the challenge, and low investment from public, private, development and philanthropic sectors have hindered the growth of clean cooking markets. 

To meet the SDG7 target of universal clean cooking access by 2030, investment, policy interventions and international cooperation are all critical.

The Solution

By developing a thriving global market for clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels, we can transform the way the world cooks, saving lives, improving livelihoods, empowering women, and protecting the environment simultaneously. 

Development and implementation of clean cooking technology for households in low and middle-income countries offer enormous promise to advance at least six Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Good health and well-being (SDG3); Gender equality (SDG5); Affordable and clean energy (SDG7); Decent work and economic growth (SDG8); Climate action (SDG13); Life on land (SDG15).


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