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Clean Cooking Forum 2019 Early Bird Registration Is Now Open

Registration is now open for the Clean Cooking Forum 2019, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from November 5-7. The Forum will be co-hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance and the Kenya Ministry of Energy, with the theme of “Investment. Innovation. Impact.” The Forum will feature interactive plenary and breakout discussions, business-to-business matchmaking, site visits, and an innovation expo showcasing some of the most state-of-the-art clean cooking solutions. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Clean Cooking Alliance Releases 2018 Annual Report

The Alliance’s Annual Report showcases progress made in 2018 by the Alliance and its partners. The report highlights major milestones and trends, and features voices from across the clean cooking sector.

Applications are now open for the Alliance’s 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding female leaders in the household energy sector working to advance clean cooking solutions in emerging markets. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Winners will receive opportunities for sponsorship and recognition.

Cooking #WithRefugees

On World Refugee Day, the Alliance highlighted the work of two of its grantees, Inyenyeri and the Gaia Association. These two organizations, based in Rwanda and Ethiopia respectively, are not only working to provide clean cooking solutions to refugees, but also to engage their refugee partners as customers, producers, and distributors. These and other conversations on humanitarian energy needs were the focus of the SAFE Workshop and first-ever Humanitarian Energy Conference that took place from July 29 - August 1 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


A study conducted by North Carolina State University, funded by the Alliance and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, shows that advanced biomass stoves used with pellets can cut pollutant emissions by 90 percent, nearing gas stove performance. The study was conducted in Rwanda, where 98 percent of the population relies on firewood and charcoal for cooking.

What Do Standards Mean To You?

Over 70 stakeholders from 11 African countries convened in Kampala, Uganda for a workshop hosted by the Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the role of standards in driving access to clean cooking. 


Two events at this year’s World Health Assembly in Geneva took on the challenging but critical topic of intersections between global energy access and health. The Alliance participated in the launch of the Health and Energy Platform of Action, led by the World Health Organization and the UN Development Programme, and also co-hosted an official side event with Powering Health Care to highlight the benefits of coordination between the health and energy sectors.

From the Sector

On July 3rd, Ashden recognized the 10 winners of the 2019 Ashden Awards, including Sistema.bio, the winner of the inaugural Clean Cooking Award. Based in Mexico, Sistema.bio produces prefabricated biodigesters that can transform organic waste into clean, renewable energy and a powerful fertilizer.

MECS Launches New eCookBook

The Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Program published the “Kenya eCookBook: Beans and Cereals Edition,” the first of a series of eCookBooks designed to support Kenyan cooks in how to make more informed choices about the fuels and appliances they use at home. The focus is on electricity and the time and money that could be saved by switching from other fuels.


A new report from Hivos and the World Future Council explores electric cooking and mini-grids as a viable and cost-effective solution to cooking with open fires and inefficient fuels. Highlighting the need for sector growth and innovation, the report offers six steps to achieving sustainable cooking.

Cleaner Cooking Solutions Can Save Millions of Lives, But Far More Investment Is Needed

In an op-ed in Forbes, energy and climate policy writer Paul Bledsoe discusses the need for greater engagement from investors to tackle the global crisis of household air pollution from cooking with inefficient stoves and fuels.


BBOXX is set to become the first company to combine pay-as-you-go solar services with pay-as-you-go cooking solutions to increase access to clean cooking for customers in Rwanda.

The Power of Dung: Lessons Learned from On-Farm Biodigester Programs in Africa

A new study conducted by the World Bank explores the role of agriculture in improving access to clean cooking solutions. The study highlights how biodigesters have the potential to become a viable clean cooking solution for farmers in Africa as they seek to transition away from cooking with inefficient stoves and fuels.


Under a new strategic partnership, Angaza and Alliance Spark+ grantee ATEC Biodigesters are working to introduce the first-ever, pay-as-you-go biodigesters in Cambodia to reach last-mile farmers.

2019 SDG7 Tracking Report from the World Bank Shows the World Is Falling Short on Progress

The World Bank released “Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report 2019,” which highlights progress toward achieving SDG7 and outlines priories for action. The report concludes that progress is falling short; to reach Bottom-of-Pyramid markets, greater political commitment, private financing, and long-term energy planning are required.


The new Renewables Global Status Report from Ren21 highlights progress and notable achievements throughout the renewable energy sector. The report finds that the clean cooking market is growing, and emerging business models are attracting private-sector investors thanks to technological innovations, increased awareness, and enhanced government support.


Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight: Sistma.bio

Sistema.bio is a social enterprise that manufactures and distributes high-quality, affordable biodigesters that enable users to convert waste into energy and fertilizer. Sistema.bio works with small-scale farmers and indigenous groups in an effort to provide last-mile consumers with clean technology that not only improves their livelihoods and health, but also aids in the production of fertilizer that can be used for agricultural purposes. Through flexible payment plans and by offering interest-free repayment, Sistema.bio ensures they are meeting the needs of each farmer and their cash flow challenges. Sistema.bio is also the 2019 winner of the first Ashden Award for Clean Cooking.


Funding Opportunities 

Social Alpha, of Tata Trusts, is calling for innovations with the power to transform the way the world produces and consumes energy.
GroFin, in partnership with Shell Foundation, KfW, Dutch Good Growth Fund, and Norfund are reviewing applications for a first-of-its-kind, uncapped, and unlimited-life fund to support small and growing businesses in Africa. Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2021.
The Finance Catalyst links renewable energy projects to finance opportunities, targeting small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. It provides advisory support on project development, project structuring, and accessing finance through a team of dedicated experts with extensive experience in renewable energy project development and finance.



Upcoming Events

Global Impact Investment Network Forum

September 2-3, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

World Energy Congress

September 9-12, Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates

74th UN 2019 Climate Summit

September 23, New York, United States

2019 Clean Cooking Forum

November 5-7, Nairobi, Kenya