The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) brought together a team of the world’s leading experts in air pollution exposure, health, and climate science to promote a more integrated understanding of which pollutants should be measured to better evaluate both health and climate benefits of scaling up clean cooking programs. A technical report has just been released.

They looked at:

1) the relationships between traditional cooking practices, climate change, and public health and,
2)  the benefits clean and efficient cooking can provide in reducing emissions from cookstoves to improve public health and, reduce both regional and global climate change.

At the July 2015 gathering, the experts discussed the best strategies for measuring and evaluating climate and health co-benefits, and they discussed shared goals and future research needs.

The presentations and discussions addressed the following questions:

  • Which cookstove pollutants are the most effective predictors of health impacts?
  • Which cookstove pollutants are the most effective predictors of climate impacts?
  • What are the feasibility, cost, and ideal scale of making measurements, and what are the resource constraints?

The Technical Report and presentations from this meeting can be found listed at the left under Related Documents.