From the Alliance
Clean Cooking Forum 2019 Wraps Up in Nairobi

With the theme of “Investment, Innovation, and Impact,” the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 brought together over 550 people from 50 countries. This flagship event was co-hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance and the Kenya Ministry of Energy. As the clean cooking sector’s preeminent convening, the Forum set the stage for a range of important announcements and commitments poised to drive progress toward universal access to clean cooking by 2030. Find out more here.

CCF2019: By the Numbers

From major stage announcements to trending social media moments, the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 included several exciting highlights. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event such a success. Check out the new Forum infographic for more information.


Champions, Partners Launch Global Advocacy Campaign "Clean Cooking Is..."

The Alliance and partners from around the world launched "Clean Cooking Is...", a first-of-its-kind campaign and digital activation strategy to build greater support for and investment in clean cooking. The campaign kicked off at the Clean Cooking Forum 2019 in Kenya, where “clean cooking” was trending on Twitter thanks to significant participant engagement, including video messages from global advocates like award-winning actor Julia Roberts, Chef José Andrés, actor Zhao Wei, musician Rocky Dawuni, H.E. Samira Bawumia, and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

Alliance Announces Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner

The Alliance named Neha Juneja, CEO and Co-Founder of India’s largest cookstoves manufacturer Greenway Appliances, as 2019’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. This annual award recognizes outstanding female leaders in the household energy sector who are advancing clean cooking solutions in emerging markets. 

From the Sector

Kenya Moves Up Global Target of Clean Cooking for All to 2028 

Kenya’s Ministry of Energy announced that it expects to deliver universal access to modern, clean cooking solutions two years ahead of the SDG schedule, with a revised target of 2028, underlining the country’s commitment to this cross-cutting issue.

Hon. Simon Kachapin, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, told delegates at the close of the Clean Cooking Forum 2019, “[This] means we have to do things differently, disrupt our way of thinking, as business as usual will not enable us to achieve our global and national aspirations.”

Former UN Under-Secretary General: Cost of Inaction Is Too High 

Former United Nations Under-Secretary General Kandeh Yumkella has warned of the costs of failing to address the world’s residential need for clean cooking solutions. “Failure to address the problem does not reflect inadequate technology or even insufficient resources, but a lack of political will,” writes Yumkella.


New Study: More than 50 Kenyans Die Every Day from Cooking with Traditional Fuels

The Kenya Household Cooking Sector Study, a new government report covering data from 1999 through 2018, showed that more than 90% of Kenya’s rural population still relies primarily on solid fuels such as charcoal and firewood.

The study was jointly commissioned by the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya and the Kenya Ministry of Energy, and supported by the Netherlands Development Organization, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and GIZ.

The World Bank Outlines Plans for $500 Million Clean Cooking Fund

The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program has established a planned $500-million Clean Cooking Fund to accelerate progress toward universal access to clean cooking by 2030. The Fund is supported by the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Riccardo Puliti, Global Director of Energy and Extractive Industries and Regional Director for Infrastructure (Africa) said, "Clean cooking must be a political, economic, and environmental priority, supported by policies and backed by investments and multi-sector partnerships. To make that kind of change, the level of commitment and the scale of investment matter."


EnDev, GET.invest Clean Cooking Master Class Convenes African Companies

The first Clean Cooking Master Class, organized by EnDev and GET.invest and held at the Clean Cooking Forum 2019, brought together 12 competitively selected clean cooking companies from six countries. Nearly half of the companies are led by women. The participants discussed strategies for securing funding to convert good ideas into bankable businesses, and how to prepare complete, balanced proposals to raise capital.

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Global LEAP Awards Announce Electric Pressure Cookers Competition
In January 2020, the Global LEAP Awards will launch an international competition to identify and award electric pressure cookers that are energy-efficient, durable, and off- and weak-grid appropriate.

Application Now Open for the Energy Access Booster 2020
TOTAL, ENEA Consulting, SEforALL, and Acumen launched the Energy Access Booster 2020 and announced a call for projects to support energy access entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia.

2020 Ashden Award Applications Now Open
Applications for the 2020 Ashden Awards are now open, with submissions due by December 11, 2019, at 11:59PM GMT. The Awards are globally recognized as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy.