Worldwide, 2.7 billion people depend on firewood, charcoal, dung and crop residue for their daily cooking and heating, especially in rural areas. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, more than 90% of the rural population cooks with firewood. This has dramatic consequences for the quality of life, health, education and income generation opportunities of those affected.
The topic of clean cooking has gained tremendous momentum on the international agenda in recent years with the creation of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2010. The Alliance seeks to enable100 million households to adopt clean cooking solutions by the year 2020. More efficient and alternative cooking energy systems are under continuous development - however, access to affordable, sustainable and clean cooking energy for two thirds of the world’s population still remains a challenge.
The Bonn International Cooking Energy Forum aims to develop recommendations to strengthen the commitment of European partners and build new partnerships with and within the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
Representatives from relevant ministries, the private sector and non-governmental organizations in European and developing countries were invites along with implementing agencies to discuss how best to advance and harmonize their contributions towards reaching the '100 million by 2020' goal by boosting sustainable markets for modern cooking energy along the entire value chain from fuel production to energy use.
Important topics discussed at the Forum were how to contribute to the '100 million by 2020' goal, how the private and public sector can join forces to create vibrant markets for cookstoves, and what opportunities are emerging in cooking fuels and usage.