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African Ministers Attend Summit on Clean Cooking :: Uganda Radionetwork
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African Ministers Attend Summit on Clean Cooking

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Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) estimates that 2.3 billion people–including nearly 4/5 Africans–have no choice but to cook with polluting fuels, open fires, or inefficient stoves.
14 May 2024 11:20
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) is convening global leaders for a Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa.   The convening which opens today has attracted Ministers of Energy and Environment from Africa among others.

The IEA says the summit will make 2024 a turning point for progress on ensuring clean cooking access for all.       Uganda’s Minister of Energy, Ruth Nankabirwa, and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Davis Chirchir are some of the Ministers from East Africa from East Africa invited for the summit.        

The IEA was the first international agency to start tracking energy access more than two decades ago and has been a steadfast voice advocating for clean cooking access ever since.       

The Summit will be co-chaired by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Prime Minister of Norway H.E. Jonas Gahr Støre, the President of the African Development Bank Group Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina and the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency Dr. Fatih Birol.       

Today, nearly four in five Africans still cook their meals over open fires and traditional stoves, using wood, charcoal, animal dung, and other polluting fuels. This has dire impacts on health, gender equality and the environment, with women and children bearing the worst consequences.     

Some civil society and environmental groups are using the summit to call for more investments to allow millions of African households to shift to cleaner and safer cooking options.  

Statement from the Clean Cooking Alliance saidtoday marks a significant step forward in the global effort to achieve universal access to clean cooking.  

It said the summit underscores the urgency of addressing a global crisis that is too often overlooked and underfunded.    

“One message is clear—we must move beyond bold commitments. This moment, this global crisis that impacts the lives of billions of people around the world every day, requires decisive action from governments, businesses, civil society, and philanthropic partners. This is not a time for half-measures or incremental progress. We need bold, transformative action that puts clean cooking at the center of our global agenda,” reads the statement.    

The Clean Cooking Alliance said it is grateful for the leadership of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Dr. Fatih Birol, as well as event co-chairs: President of Tanzania H.E. Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Prime Minister of Norway H.E. Jonas Gahr Støre, and President of the African Development Bank Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina.    

It said clean cooking is not merely a matter of environmental concern but a matter of a profound health and climate challenge affecting nearly one-third of the planet’s population.   It said four out of every five Africans are forced to cook with heavily polluting fuels like charcoal, kerosene, and wood. Women and children are the worst affected.   

Solving the cooking crisis is within our reach. The Alliance noted that while cooking with polluting fuels costs the global economy more than $2 trillion every year, the IEA estimates that just $4 billion a year is needed to achieve clean cooking access for all African people by 2030.      

This will require a blend of traditional and innovative finance, including carbon finance, which has already contributed to important sector growth and holds the potential for a much greater impact Principles for Responsible Carbon Finance in Clean Cooking will be launched on the summit's sidelines.

Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) estimates that 2.3 billion people–including nearly 4/5 Africans–have no choice but to cook with polluting fuels, open fires, or inefficient stoves.

In Uganda, it is estimated that of the 94% of Ugandan households that primarily depend on biomass, 73% use firewood while 21% use charcoal for cooking, electricity (1.4%), kerosene (0.6%), and other sources including LPG, bio-fuels account for 3.9% (UBOS, 2021)