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As part of the inaugural Clean Cooking Investment Forum in Kigali, a matchmaking session resulted in more than 200 one-on-one meetings between leading businesses, investors, market development organizations, and policymakers.

Dymphna's Message
Dymphna van der Lans

Dear Friends,


As the year comes to a close, I wanted to thank you for your engagement and interest in the clean cooking sector. On behalf of the entire Clean Cooking Alliance, we remain deeply appreciative of your support and grateful that you continue to champion the importance of clean cooking.


As you know, I joined the Clean Cooking Alliance as the new CEO in late April 2018, and it’s been an inspiring, humbling, and busy few months. Just this fall, I’ve visited partners in China, Kenya, and Rwanda, and participated in the Global Climate Action Summit and the WHO’s First Conference on Air Pollution and Health. The Alliance co-hosted with partners our first Clean Cooking Investment Forum, which convened over 250 business leaders, investors, donors, and government representatives from over 40 countries to collaborate on the development of a global and sustainable clean cooking industry at scale. In October, the Alliance also revealed its new name, logo, and messaging (alongside a new public service announcement video from Alliance Champion Julia Roberts). We will continue this strategic communications effort into 2019 to further elevate the issue and urgency of clean cooking.


Stay tuned!


For now, my sincere thanks again for your support of the clean cooking sector and your engagement with the Alliance, and a very happy holiday to you and yours.






From the Alliance
Inaugural Clean Cooking Investment Forum Highlights the Sector’s Potential for Growth

Co-hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance and Energy Private Developers, the first-ever Clean Cooking Investment Forum convened over 250 business leaders, investors, donors, and government representatives from over 40 countries to collaborate on the development of a global and sustainable clean cooking industry at scale.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is Now the Clean Cooking Alliance

To more accurately reflect its industry-building approach for cookstoves and fuels—and to highlight the evolution and growth of the clean cooking sector—the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has changed its name to the Clean Cooking Alliance!


Julia Roberts Stars in New PSA to Support Clean Cooking

The Clean Cooking Alliance released a new public service announcement featuring Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts. A Global Ambassador for the Alliance, Ms. Roberts works to bring attention to one of the most urgent health problems facing women and families around the world: toxic smoke from cooking over polluting open fires, stoves, and fuels.

Five Things to Know About ISO’s New Clean Cooking Performance Targets

The International Organization for Standardization has published a new, six-tier system of voluntary performance targets for cookstoves, defining benchmarks for efficiency, emissions, safety, and durability.

From the Sector

Report: Lack of Financing Remains a Major Challenge for Clean Cooking Efforts

SEforAll’s Energizing Finance Report clearly demonstrates that the financial commitments to achieve universal access to electricity and clean cooking are still falling far short of where they need to be in terms of both the level of committed funding, as well as the most appropriate energy sectors and country recipients.

Toxic Smoke is Africa’s Quiet Killer. An Entrepreneur Says His Fix Can Make a Fortune

A New York Times profile piece highlights clean cooking and the work of Alliance partner Inyenyeri, which is working to replace Africa’s dependence on charcoal and firewood with clean-burning stoves powered by wood pellets.


Impacts and Effects of Improved Wood Burning Stoves on Time Use and Quality: An Experimental Study in Rural Kenya - Baseline Results

This report summarizes the baseline data from an experimental study that aims to identify and understand any fluctuations in time-use patterns and changes in the quality of time for 55 households in rural Kenya after a switch in cooking technologies.

Cooking with the Stars--Nepal edition
Webinar on In-Field Black Carbon Emissions of Liquid, Gas, and High-Performing Biomass Stoves

This webinar featured two studies seeking to answer whether liquid, gas, and high-performing biomass cookstoves provide measurable climate benefits when used in households in Nepal and Rwanda.


IPCC Climate Report Shows Clean Cooking Can Help Limit Global Warming

The report, which has drawn widespread attention, reveals that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius requires rapid and unprecedented action by all countries and that clean cooking plays a critical role in doing so.

Report: Policymakers Continue to Overlook and Underfund Clean Cooking

The World Bank released its annual RISE report, which for the first time tracks policy progress around access to clean cooking.

Partner Spotlight
Partner Spotlight: Climate and Clean Air Coalition
ENGIE Rassembleurs d'Energies

The mission of ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies is to promote access to sustainable energy for all through direct minority investments in enterprises that provide sustainable and relevant energy access solutions to under-served populations.

Funding Opportunities:

German Embassy Funding for Small-Scale Projects in Bangladesh
Germany and Bangladesh are looking for project proposals directed at renewable energy, among other topics.
Applications are open until 31 December 2018.

European Union Funding
The European Commission is funding visionary and integrated solutions to improve wellbeing and health in cities by reducing climate-related risks, pollution, environmental stress, and social tensions.
Apply by February 19, 2019

Upcoming Events:

January 22-25, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

World Future Energy Summit
January 14-17, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

See the Latest:

New Partners



Funding Opportunities

The Clean Cooking Alliance works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, the Alliance is driving consumer demand, building a pipeline of investible businesses, and fostering an enabling environment that allows the sector to thrive. Clean cooking transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, empowering women, and helping families save time and money. Learn more about our work at www.CleanCookingAlliance.org.

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