Day: Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Room: Ballroom East
In many developing countries over 90% of all household energy is being used for cooking. Worldwide 2.9 billion people (40% of world population) rely on biomass for cooking – which is often their only choice. In these areas, solid biomass fuels are mostly burned on open fires and inefficient stoves. This poses a massive health risks to their users and emits significant amounts of harmful greenhouse gases and short-live climate pollutants, such as black carbon, to the atmosphere. The recently launched Global Tracking Framework 2015 by SE4All presents that the number of people cooking with solid biomass increased globally in only two years between 2010 and 2012 by 200 million. This is mainly due to rapid population growth in those countries where access to modern cooking energy is a major problem.
Launched in 2010, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has achieved prominence for tackling the issue of cooking energy in developing countries and has raised more donor funding than the sector has ever seen before. However, significantly more interventions and efforts are needed to substantially improve the sector. Real commitment by regional, national and local decision makers, capacity development and technological innovation on all levels, financing for the establishment of sound and lasting value chains as well as continuous massive awareness raising for use of clean, sustainable and affordable cooking energy are all needed.
Against this background the session aims at discussing the global state of the cooking energy sector, illustrating new opportunities for reaching scale and deliberating on persistent challenges.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- Is the problem of cooking energy receiving sufficient international attention to release the required resources to tackle the issue?
- How significant are leap frog technologies for the sector? Is LPG the future?
- How can we translate political commitment into real action?
- Local vs. global – how can we ensure that differing dissemination approaches do not harm, but rather complement each other and jointly build a thriving market?
- Mr. WaltajiTerfaKutane, World Health Organisation (WHO), Ethiopia
- Mr. Gama Mutemeri, CEO, TTO Climate, South Africa
- Mr. Sire Abdoul Diallo, WACCA Coordinator, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) – West Africa Clean Cookstove Alliance (WACCA)
- Ms. Maria del Rosario Loayza C., Deputy Director, giz EnDev, Mozambique
- Mr. Johan de Koker, Director: Sustainable Energy Technology and Research Centre, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
- Mr. Carl B Pendragon, Carbon Wealth Scandinavia AB, Sweden