Jul 17, 2015
Type: Progress Report
Topic: Environment/Climate, Health
Country: Global

While there is a solid evidence base on the health and climate impacts of traditional cooking, a more integrated understanding of which priority pollutants should be measured in order to evaluate both health and climate benefits of scaling up clean cooking is needed. A meeting was held in July 2015 to convene expert scientists from both the health an environment/climate communities to 1) share the latest evidence on the relationship between cookstove emissions and health and climate impacts, including evidence attributable to key pollutants and evaluation methodologies (Here the term ‘cookstoves’ encompasses the cooking system, i.e. stoves and fuels.); 2) determine which pollutant measurements should be prioritized in order to estimate both health and climate impacts; and 3) discuss shared goals between the two communities, as well as research gaps and needs moving forward. The meeting was intended to move the communities towards consensus on the priority suite of pollutant species to be measured in order to best estimate health and climate co-benefits. See also Global Experts Convene to Discuss Co-Benefits of Health and Climate Science