Overview

Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires – the primary means of cooking and heating for nearly three billion people in the developing world – causes more than 4 million premature deaths, including more than 1.2 million deaths in India, every year. 

Cooking smoke contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, cataracts, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight. Women and young children are the most affected, with more than 100,000 children in India dying every year as a result of acute lower respiratory infections caused by the use of solid fuels. 

Sixty-four percent of India’s population relies on solid fuel for their household cooking needs. Reliance on biomass for cooking and heating leads to environmental degradation through increased pressure on local natural resources, and forces women and children to spend many hours each week collecting wood. Inefficient cooking also contributes to climate change through emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and aerosols such as black carbon.

India is home to some of the world’s most polluted cities, and Alliance-funded research shows that household air pollution is a major contributor. By evaluating the impact of household energy consumption on 640 districts across India, researchers found that almost 30% of the country’s outdoor air pollution is due to household energy combustion. In some districts, household air pollution contributes up to 50% of outdoor air pollution, making a clear case that reducing outdoor air pollution requires addressing air pollution at the household level as well.

 

Clean Cooking Can Help

The use of cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels can dramatically reduce exposure to harmful cookstove smoke, can provide myriad economic opportunities for Indians, and can help reduce forest degradation and slow climate change. More efficient stoves and cleaner fuels also reduce the time people—usually women and girls—need to spend collecting fuel, freeing up time for income generating activities or schoolwork

 

Progress

India has seen unprecedented progress over the past five years on scaling clean cooking. 

  • Engaged with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO, to develop a strategy for including clean cooking as part of India’s integrated Action Plan for Prevention of Pneumonia and Diarrhea
  • Formed strategic partnerships with Tata Trusts, Indian Council for Medical Research, The Energy and Resources Institute, SEWA, Indian Corporates, and others, as part of the overall approach in India
  • Greenway Appliances set up a full-fledged factory through the Alliance’s Spark Grant program and has become the country’s largest stove manufacturer 

 

Clean Cooking Forum 2017
Co-hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Tata Trusts, and TERI, the Clean Cooking Forum 2017 gathers people from all around the world to share best practices, build capacity and forge new partnerships through informative sessions, networking, site visits, and clean cooking demonstrations. The Forum will take place at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India from October 24-28, learn more at www.cleancooking2017.org.

 

Country Statistics
Population using solid fuels for cooking - 64%
Number of people affected by HAP - 839,000,000
Number of deaths per year from HAP - 1,250,000
News
Alliance News
July 24, 2017
Partner Spotlight
April 27, 2017
Grants
12-3: Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers
Support to the Centre for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Centre at IIT Delhi
2012 - India
Support to the TERI Surya Regional Testing and Knowledge Center
The Energy and Resources Institute, (TERI)
2012 - India
12-6: Pilot Facility
Enhancing Consumer Demand Through Increased Market Engagement
Greenway Grameen Infra
2012 - India
13-4: Spark Fund: Round II
Spark Fund, Round II: Greenway Grameen Infra
Greenway Grameen Infra
2014 - India
13-5: Pilot Innovation Fund Round 2
Pilot Innovation Fund Round II: Prakti Pvt Ltd
Prakti Pvt Ltd
2014 - Bangladesh, India
13-6 Women’s Empowerment Fund
WEF Grant: Self Employed Women's Association
Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
2014 - India
14-1: Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers
2015 Support to the Centre for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (ITT)
Indian Institute of Technology (ITT), Delhi
2015 - India
15-2: WEF Round 2
WEF Round 2: Frontier Markets
Frontier Markets
2015 - India
WEF Round 2: Essmart Global, Inc.
Essmart Global, Inc.
2015 - India
15-3: Spark Fund Round 3
Spark Fund, Round Ill: Biolite
Biolite, Inc.
2015 - India
17-2: WEF Round 4
Women's Empowerment Fund: Dharma Life initiative of Gajam India
Gajam India Private Limited
2017 - India
Award and Event Sponsorship
2014 Sankalp Awards
Intellectual Capital Advisory Services
2014 - India, Kenya
Sankalp Award Winner Grant: NoKooda Solution Systems Pvt. Ltd
NoKooda Solution Systems Pvt. Ltd
2014 - India
Support for the India Clean Cooking Forum
Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund
2016 - India
CEEW Support 2017
Council on Energy, Environment and Water ( CEEW)
2017 - India
Carbon Finance, Impact Investing and Market Development Grants
Sponsorship of Sankalp Forum India 2015
Intellectual Capital Advisory Services
2015 - India
Gender and Humanitarian Grants
WEF Round 2: Frontier Markets
Frontier Markets
2015 - India
WEF Round 2: Essmart Global, Inc.
Essmart Global, Inc.
2015 - India
Empowered Entrepreneur Training - Envirofit International In India
Envirofit International
2016 - India
Research and Evaluation Grants
Burn Injury Surveillance Workshop and Follow-up
Public Health Institute
2013 - India
Experimental Interventions to Facilitate Clean Cookstove Adoption, Promote Clean Indoor Air, and Mitigate Climate Change
Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
2014 - India
Co-funding of Public Health Coordinator
Public Health Institute
2014 - India
Contribution of HAP to Ambient Air Pollution in India
Urban Emissions Pvt. Ltd.
2014 - India
Chef Corps
Market Manager



Supriya Kumar
Country Representative, India

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