About working group cooking & heating

Domestic Biogas   |    LPG   |      Clean Cookstoves

Around three billion people worldwide rely on biomass and coal for cooking and heating with traditional stoves or open fires. . Exposure to indoor air pollution from cooking and heating imposes health risks that cause the premature deaths of about two million people annually in developing countries. The traditional ways of burning solid fuels for cooking with low-efficiency stoves are also linked to concerns on gender development, deforestation, black carbon emissions and climate change.

Two complementary approaches can improve the living conditions of people relying on unsustainable biomass and coal use: switching to cleaner fuels, such as biogas and liquefied petroleum gas, and promoting more efficient and cleaner burning of traditional biomass and coal through stove improvement.

Such interventions may bring in significant economic benefits. According to  the World Health Organization, a 50% reduction in the number of households using biomass as the primary cooking fuel would achieve benefits to society of nearly $91 billion per year compared to net intervention costs of $13 billion. This can mostly be accomplished through productivity gains and a reduction in health problems resulting from indoor air pollution. Making improved cooking technologies available to people relying on burning biomass fuels and coal with traditional stoves would result in a net savings of $34 billion and generate an economic return of $105 billion a year over a ten-year period.

To help address these issues, the Energy for All Partnership established a thematic working group on cooking to support activities of the Domestic Biogas Working Group, the LPG Working Group, and the Clean Cookstoves Working Group.  


Our goal is clear:

We aim to provide energy access to
100 million people in Asia and
the Pacific Region by 2015.





> Funding secured
to reach
1,100,000 people

Cooking & heating projects

Energy poverty is one of the most pressing issues of this century. It’s a problem of technology, of infrastructure, of economics, of culture, and of politics - and it impacts over a billion people in the Asia-Pacific region alone.

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SNV facilitates mainstreaming the use of Improved Cookstoves in Bangladesh

Oct 03 2014

In Bangladesh, SNV has been working in partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves (GACC) in order to facilitate the growth and widespread adoption of Improved Cook Stoves in the country. Over the past year in Bangladesh, SNV Bangladesh has led a strategic planning process that has resulted in the launch of the […]


SNV Supports Promotion of Advanced Clean Cooking Solutions in Cambodia

Oct 03 2014

Cambodia is implementing a programme called the Advanced Clean Cooking Solutions (ACCS). It seeks to bring to scale a business model based on a product combination of the most effective advanced biomass stoves and renewable biomass fuels, broadening the existing supply available to end users, and addressing the absence of existing market structures for distributing […]


SNV Pushes for Better Lives through improved cookstoves in far-west Nepal

Oct 03 2014

Since mid-2012, SNV Nepal, in partnership with AEPC (Alternative Energy Promotion Center) is implementing a five-year Improved Cookstove Program with Carbon Finance (ICF) in seven districts in the remote Far Western Region of Nepal. The goal of the ICF programme is to distribute ‘improved’ cook stoves to 150,000 households as a clean cooking solution, thereby […]


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Cooking & Heating Working Group Members

The Energy for All Partnership is facilitated by ETC Foundation in close collaboration with ADB. Below you may find an overview of some of our working group members. For an overview of all members Read more

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