September 22, 2020

Date: 22 September 2020 

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT


This webinar will summarize and synthesize research progress between 2015-2020 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and grantees of the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program to address the global public health and environmental impacts from the burning of solid fuels (wood, charcoal, coal, dung, crop residues, and other biomass) used for meeting basic household energy needs for cooking, heating, and lighting.

Nearly three billion people depend on the combustion of solid fuels for household energy needs. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices using open fires or rudimentary stoves causes 3 to 4 million premature deaths annually and a wide range of illnesses. In the U.S., approximately a half million people, mostly in low-income areas, are directly affected by household air pollution from the burning of solid fuels. Worldwide emissions contribute to increases in air pollutants that circulate the globe.

EPA has partnered with the Clean Cooking Alliance, other U.S. government agencies, university researchers, and many international partners to conduct research to better understand potential benefits of interventions, develop international standards for cookstoves, evaluate the performance of cookstoves to encourage the development of sustainable technologies, and improve understanding of the impacts to public health and the environment, among other objectives.

Researchers will share the results of their research and perspectives on the continued challenges to address household energy pollution and future research needs.

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Welcome and Introduction

  • Bryan Hubbell, Director, Air and Energy National Research Program, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development

What Have We Learned Over the Last Five Years?

  • EPA STAR Program Grantee Research - Terry Keating, EPA Senior Scientist
  • Emissions and Fuel Efficiency - Jim Jetter , EPA Principal Investigator
  • Field Research and Capacity Building - John Mitchell, EPA Household Energy and Clean Air Leader
  • Health Effects Impacts - Jan Dye, EPA Principal Investigator
  • Chemistry of Emissions - Mike Hays, EPA Principal Investigator
  • Ongoing Research at EPA - Wyatt Champion, EPA/ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Priorities for Future Household Energy Research

  • Reflections from STAR Grantees
    • Tami Bond, Principal Investigator, Colorado State University
    • John Volckens , Principal Investigator, Colorado State University
    • Michael Hannigan, Principal Investigator, University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Jill Baumgartner, Principal Investigator, McGill University
    • Robert Bailis , Principal Investigator, Stockholm Environment Institute
    • Ajay Pillarisetti , Principal Investigator, Emory University
  • EPA Perspectives Terry Keating, John Mitchell

Discussion and Q&A

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