STICHTING MODERN COOKING
Supporting the Scale-up of Clean and Modern Cooking Energy in Developing Markets
Clean and modern cooking energy directly impacts 11 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
900 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack clean and modern cooking energy. Without the electric stoves and piped natural gas prevalent in developed countries, they are forced to spend an estimated $35 billion annually on unhealthy and polluting open fires, charcoal, and kerosene.
According to a World Bank report released in 2020, this generates annual social, environmental, and economic costs of more than $330 billion in Africa, while the investment required by the private sector to deliver access to modern alternatives would be only $2.6 billion per year.
Solutions that rely on liquified petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol, electricity, biogas, processed biomass fuels such as pellets, as well as improved efficiency biomass cookstoves are being commercialized through next-generation, technology-integrated business models and are enabling underserved consumers to adopt modern energy solutions.
Stichting Modern Cooking is a non-profit organization supporting initiatives that build the market for clean and modern cooking solutions in developing countries, with a focus on Africa.
Our work impacts:
SDG 1: No Poverty
by reducing avoidable spending on expensive cooking fuels and inefficient cooking methods.
SDG 2: No Hunger
by reducing the financial burden on poor households who might have to trade their food for expensive fuel.
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
by reducing negative health impacts as a result of decreased household air pollution, reducing the risk of fires and burns, reducing the risk of chronic and acute physical ailments due to firewood collection, and better nutrition due to reduced expenditure on cooking fuels.
SDG 4: Quality Education
through better health and reduced time spent on fuel collection.
SDG 5: Gender Equality
through reduced negative health impacts as a result of household air pollution which are particularly realized by women and girls, improved opportunities for market employment and resulting status in the household, increased leisure time for women, and reduced risk of gender-based violence during wood collection.
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
by reducing energy poverty and offering individuals greater and more sustainable energy security.
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
through greater opportunities for income generation due to less time spent collecting fuel or cooking, and direct job creation by companies engaged in manufacturing, distributing, financing or otherwise enabling the uptake of cooking solutions.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
through greater inclusion of the mass market in modern cooking fuel infrastructure as a result of technology-enabled solutions.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
through reduced household and ambient air pollution, greater resource efficiency, and reduced climate vulnerability.
SDG 13: Climate Action
through reduced GHG emissions from inefficient combustion of fuels such as wood and charcoal, reduced GHG emissions from inefficient production of fuels such as charcoal, and reduced emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (black carbon) with immediate impact on global warming.
SDG 15: Life on Land
through reduced forest degradation and deforestation due to unsustainable harvesting of wood, and improved agricultural productivity due to reduced habitat degradation.
WHAT WE DO
SUPPORT FOR IMPACT INVESTMENT INITIATIVES
"One of the most dangerous threats to women's health is right inside their home. Indoor air pollution is responsible for 4 million deaths every year."