WASHINGTON, December 14 -- A new report released today by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves highlights the continuing progress toward achieving universal adoption of clean cooking by 2030. The Alliance’s 2017 Progress Report estimates that a total of 30.8 million clean and/or efficient cookstoves and fuel were distributed in 2016, bringing the total from 2010-2016 to more than 80 million. (Tweet this!)

“Just a few years ago, it would have been hard to imagine the tremendous progress being made across the clean cooking sector,” said Alliance CEO Radha Muthiah. “Challenges remain, certainly, but we’ve come a long way. Now is the time to accelerate market development with greater grants and investment as we set our sights on universal adoption by the year 2030.”

More than three billion people still depend on open fires and heavily-polluting fuels for cooking. The impacts of household air pollution are dramatic and far reaching, causing over 2.6 million premature deaths each year. Cooking with solid fuels also has significant impacts on air quality, climate, and forests, while impeding economic growth and women’s empowerment.