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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Launch of the Energy for All working group on clean cookstoves

Apr 08 2013

On 18 March ADB’s Energy for All Partnership and convener GIZ organized the inception workshop of the working group on clean cookstoves. The event was part of the Global Clean Cooking Forum, held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on March 18-22. The working group is expected to offer the platform for discussions on policy advocacy, knowledge […]


Sub-Working Group on Carbon Financing Issues First Newsletter

Apr 03 2013

Issue 01, 2013 Highlights: Pakistan Domestic Biogas Programme registered as CDM Programme of Activities;  Issuance of CERs for Biogas Support Program, Nepal;  First Vietnamese gold standard project celebrates its first issuance of VER’s;  First SWG-CF Meeting in Chengdu, China.    Click here to read the newsletter in PDF


SNV releases domestic biogas workshop report

Feb 25 2013

 SNV just released the workshop report on domestic biogas held at Chengdu, People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 20-22 February 2013.  The international workshop entitled “Learning from national domestic biogas programmes in Asia; mapping opportunities for developing and resourcing of biogas sectors including carbon financing” aimed to evaluate the performance of the national programmes on domestic […]


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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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