*Pre-Forum Sessions
23 October 2017
Day 1
24 October 2017
Day 2
25 October 2017
Day 3
26 October 2017

Biogas Roundatable

Pre-registration required.

Cooking 101 – For Those New to the Sector

Open to both new and experienced partners, Cooking 101 will provide a broad overview of the clean cooking sector’s efforts to build a healthier, more sustainable market. This session will discuss the Alliance’s market-based model, critical sector opportunities and challenges, progress to date on building the evidence-base, and highlight innovative partners and models to strengthen and scale clean cooking impacts. Participants are encouraged to come with questions regarding the sector, the Alliance’s model, and strategies to continue strengthening the global clean cooking sector.

Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship Breakfast

This session will facilitate a discussion among participants about their work in women’s energy entrepreneurship and allow for informal sharing of best practices, lessons on how to succeed in the sector, and will provide an opportunity for more experienced women leaders to mentor those new to the clean cooking market

Multi-Tiered Framework – Update on Next Steps

Ensuring universal access to energy (SDG7) includes the facilitation of access to modern cooking energy services. To measure and monitor access to energy, the World Bank (WB) and partners have designed a Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) with a set of attributes, as a universal tracking tool. The purpose of this session will be to discuss progress in the operationalization of the MTF, and emerging results from the first MTF global energy access surveys, and discuss how the framework and survey results can be used and improved by policy-makers and the private sector alike.

Solar Cooker Performance Evaluation

Discuss recent developments in the solar cooking sector, including the new solar cooker Performance Evaluation Process to evaluate the quality of solar cookers in alignment with the ISO/TAG process, testing centers, and the ASAE S580.1 protocol for Testing and Reporting Solar Cooker Performance.  Led by Solar Cookers International, participants will learn how the process will be implemented to increase the overall acceptance and accountability of solar cooker technologies.

Opening Plenary: Welcome Remarks and State of the Sector

Welcome and opening remarks by senior Indian government officials, followed by remarks from the Alliance CEO on the current state of the sector and acceptance of clean cooking as a means of addressing global and national goals. Speakers will also share their vision for how they see the clean cookstoves and fuels sector evolving over the next few years and promising steps to accelerate adoption and drive greater demand for clean cooking solutions.

Stories of Impact

This session will present three short monologues from inspiring and innovative people in all aspects of the clean cookstoves field.

Plenary: From Push to Pull: How to Make Clean Cookstoves and Fuels Consumer-Driven Products

Creating demand for clean cooking products at scale is a longstanding challenge within the sector.  This plenary panel discussion will examine how companies in the fast-moving goods sector have turned their products into household names, and explore how these approaches can be applied within the clean cooking sector to drive demand for cleaner and more efficient cooking technologies and fuels.

Transition Scenarios: Moving Toward Clean Cookstoves and Fuels

This interactive session will set the stage for a broader discussion among the sector to develop possible transition scenarios for advancing access to clean cookstoves and fuels, building on existing work by PBL, IIASA, EPA, the Alliance, and the World Bank. Panelists will share their thoughts on the best way to develop transition scenarios towards clean cooking, thereby contributing towards achieving the Alliance’s goal of fostering the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households by 2020 and the SE4All and SDG7 target of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. The session will be introduced by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, summarizing existing work on transition scenarios towards clean cooking and proposing model improvements and new scenarios to address above stated challenges. The audience will be invited to share their thoughts on relevant transition scenarios and on important aspects which have to be taken into account in these scenarios.

The Path to Scale for Last-Mile Distributors

This session will be facilitated by Practical Action and involve an interactive discussion with a panel of last mile distributors to identify and dissect best and worse practices – with a focus on strategies for recruiting, training, and incentivizing sales agent networks. Participants will come away with knowledge of what is and is not working in various markets, and new ideas/approaches to more effectively develop and manage sales agent networks as they seek to sell to BOP consumers. The session will also include a discussion of the planned Global Distributors Collective (GDC), an initiative led by Practical Action and a team of leading last mile distributors and supported by the Alliance. The GDC aims to bring together multi-product last mile distribution companies around the world to share knowledge and facilitate partnerships, as well as to be a source for centralized business services and growth capital for distributors.

Is Aspiration the Name of the Game for Driving Demand? Emerging Evidence from Behavior Change Communications Campaigns

This session will feature an informal panel of representatives from Alliance-supported behavior change communication campaigns launched in 2017. These interventions are delivering impactful, evidence-based communications aimed at influencing consumer purchasing decisions and encouraging consistent use of cleaner cooking options. Join this session to learn which messages and approaches are proving most effective in driving demand and the sustained use of clean cooking.

Disruptive Innovation to Make Clean Fuels More Accessible to the Other 3 Billion

A panel discussion emphasizing both the technical and business aspects of disruptive innovations focused on increasing supply, accessibility, and affordability of clean fuels and technologies. Speakers will discuss innovations ranging from pay-as-you-go technologies, to cloud-connected dispensing kiosks, low-cost meter technology, to innovative partnerships, and share their thoughts on how best to scale promising business models to reach the growing base-of-the–pyramid consumer segment.

Closing the Gap: How Clean Cooking Can Address Time Poverty

Recent studies from McKinsey, Gates, and others suggest that to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality we must address the unpaid care work burden of women and girls. A significant portion of this burden comes from time spent cooking and collecting fuel, which can take several hours a day in the developing world. This session will bring together experts and practitioners to examine how time-saving clean cooking solutions can be effective mechanisms for driving socio-economic impacts for women and girls.

South-South Transfer of Knowledge on Clean Cooking: How China and India are Helping Scale the Sector

Government representatives from India and China – the two largest cookstove markets – will share their insights on how government-led clean cooking/stove programs can help scale clean solutions for the segment of their population that still cooks with solid fuels. This session will also discuss potential areas of support for other developing countries regarding research and policy, biomass pellet technology, development of large-scale cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels programs, and women’s entrepreneurship.

Gaining and Retaining Customers: Lessons Learned from the Sector

In this session, representatives from cookstove and fuel enterprises will discuss their experiences in building their brands, attracting customers, and retaining customers through after-sales service and ongoing engagement. Presenters will share learnings regarding which marketing approaches are most effective, how to cost-effectively distribute clean cooking products, and how to use innovative approaches such as mobile phones to facilitate payments and warranties.

Driving Technology Improvement: Standards, Labeling, and Technology Selection

Sector stakeholders benefit from a common terminology for evaluating and improving cookstove and fuel performance and adoption. Standards can compare technologies and determine whether they meet user needs and whether technologies have the potential to achieve desired benefits for health, livelihoods, and the environment. There are also challenging trade-offs that need to be considered when developing and implementing standards such as replicability vs. field conditions and rigorous versus affordable testing. Speakers will provide an overview on the current state of cookstove standards development, and how countries and international organizations can recognize these trade-offs when implementing standards and developing associated policies.

Improving Air Quality: The Role of Clean Cooking

In many parts of the world, household energy consumption accounts for up to 30% of ambient air pollution. This session will discuss the role that reducing emissions from household air pollution can play in improving ambient air quality, and highlight implications for health and climate co-benefits. Examples from India, China, Nepal, and Ghana will be presented and evaluated for their potential to serve as models for other national programs.

Experiences from the Trenches: Lessons from Female CEOs in the Clean Cooking Sector

Women are the fastest growing cohort of entrepreneurs and business owners in the developing world, and women’s involvement in the sector can spur wider delivery of goods and services. This session will feature successful women CEOs who will share their experiences in the energy sector as well as their work with women micro-entrepreneurs to provide access to consumers in hard-to-reach markets, and offer their insights on what drives women toward entrepreneurship in the clean cookstoves and fuels sector.

National Alliances Meeting

A group discussion among representatives from national alliances to explore how mainstreaming clean cooking can strengthen the sector and help attract low cost investment capital.

Plenary: Designing Investments to Drive Market Growth – Perspectives from Donors and Investors

This Plenary will include panelists from the donor and private sector investor perspectives who will help explore the dynamics of market creation using grant and concessional capital, with the goal of de-risking business models that ultimately mobilize private capital. The conversation will also explore how donor funding can best be used to scale the market to the point where investors are willing and able to continue to finance its growth; and how and when this transition should occur.

Stories of Impact

This session will present three short monologues from inspiring and innovative people in all aspects of the clean cookstoves field.

Raising Seed and Early-Stage Equity from Friends, Family, and Angel Investors

A panel discussion about best practices and pitfalls to avoid when trying to attract early-stage financing from angels, impact investors and other risk capital providers. Panelists will include a cross section of investors, advisors/consultants experienced in supporting social enterprises to prepare for and raise investment, and businesses sharing some of their lessons learned.

Hackathon for Measuring Market Health

A fast-paced interactive session where participants will work together to develop innovative tools and indicators for measuring the state of the clean cooking sector and assessing market health given the growing maturity of the sector. [Pre-registration only]

Scaling the Sector: How New Actors are Integrating Clean Cooking into their Programming

The cookstoves and fuels sector continues to evolve as a range of new organizations from large international NGOs, to UN agencies, to corporations launch clean cooking initiatives to drive health, environment, and gender impacts. This session will highlight the work of four different organizations – providing insights into the motivations, impacts, and challenges of their foray into the sector and offering ideas for those groups wishing to begin their own work in the field. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and best practices with the speakers and explore partnerships to further scale the sector.

Designing for Performance, Usability, and Manufacturing

For 100 million households to adopt clean and/or efficient stoves and fuels, the sector requires products that meet users’ cooking needs, have low emissions and high fuel efficiency, and are available at scale. All of these aspects can be impacted by design choices. This session will examine how design choices, big or small, can improve the performance, usability, or manufacturing of cookstoves, and ultimately adoption for greater impact.

Addressing the Affordability Gap: Innovations in Consumer Financing for Clean Cooking Solutions

A panel discussion involving financial institutions, last-mile distributors, and other relevant parties involved in extending credit to consumers to enable them to purchase products too expensive to purchase outright. The panel will discuss operational challenges and solutions involved in managing a growing credit portfolio, considerations related to bringing the financing requirement in-house when extending consumer financing, experiences with designing credit options that are attractive to consumers, and other lessons learned.

Market-Based Cooking Interventions in Humanitarian Settings – What are the Conditions for Success?

As the international aid community struggles to cope with record levels of human displacement, more organizations are assessing the viability of market-based approaches – cash transfers, vouchers, carbon financing, revolving loans, and other mechanisms – to distribute clean cooking solutions to crisis-affected people. This panel session, followed by Q&A, will incorporate humanitarian, private sector, and finance perspectives to discuss the opportunities and unique challenges associated with cooking in humanitarian settings, including recent case studies.

Doors Wide Shut: How to Attract Debt as an Early Stage Enterprise

This session will address the common conundrum faced by early-stage social enterprises: the challenge in raising equity growth capital, when debt is nearly off-limits until your business is stable and mature. Participants will focus on common requirements to tap into loan finance, and alternative sources for filling market gaps, including impact funds and crowdfunding platforms. Panelists will include lenders, advisors, and businesses who have successfully raised debt capital.

Myths, Reality, and the Future of Charcoal and their Environmental Impacts

This session will contribute to the discourse on charcoal and its contribution to forest degradation, offer examples on designing interventions that work within existing charcoal supply chains, and discuss production and combustion technologies that are optimizing supply chains and reducing impacts on the environment.

Case Studies on Accelerating Clean Fuels: Lessons from the NIH Implementation Science Network

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has developed an implementation science network (ISN) to advance our understanding of how to improve the uptake and appropriate use of evidence-based clean cooking interventions to maximize their benefits on the health and longevity of populations in LMICs. This session will share lessons learned from selected case studies of the ISN focused on socioeconomic considerations of access to clean stoves and fuels, critical household behaviors and the role of environmental context, and experiences with technology adaption and/or distribution during the implementation process.

Scaling Markets for Clean Cooking: What Can We Learn from the Off-Grid Solar Sector

The two main uses of energy for base of the pyramid households are electricity and cooking. While businesses that are providing distributed electrification solutions are attracting massive amounts of capital, and scaling quickly – businesses delivering cooking solutions are struggling to find their footing. The moderator will interview experts with extensive experience in the energy access sector who can illustrate some of the lessons those in the clean cooking sector can learn from the robust growth being experienced in the off-grid solar space.

Approaches to Evaluating Impacts in the Clean Cooking Sector

This session will provide an overview of techniques for monitoring and evaluating progress on achieving impacts of clean cooking adoption. Topics to be addressed include: approaches to evaluating behavior change communication as an effective means of motivating households to make the transition to clean cooking, evaluating uptake and sustained from Ghana’s rural LPG program, monitoring fuel use, and real time exposure monitoring and notifications.

Raising the Profile of Your Work via Media and Narrative Story-Telling

Today’s digitally-driven world is full of noise and distractions. And convincing the right people to pay attention to you and your work can often seem impossible. But having a good story – and knowing how to tell it through the proper communication channels – can separate you from the crowd and ultimately help you achieve success. In this session, you will hear from experienced communicators who are experts in storytelling and in leveraging digital and traditional media to help organizations reach their goals.

Using the Latest Tools to Demonstrate Clean Cooking Benefits

For the first time, there is a common language for the measurement, analysis, and reporting of social impacts related to clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels – including women’s empowerment and agency. This standard language allows users to effectively quantify and verify impact to investors, donors, or other partners. This session will explore the Social Impact Measurement System and provide an opportunity for participants to understand how to use the tool.

Plenary: Delivering Large Scale Impact through Policy – Lessons for Governments

While vibrant markets are necessary to scale clean cooking solutions, a strong enabling policy framework and government commitments to addressing the lack of access to clean cooking are also critical components in driving transformation in the sector. Favorable tax and tariff policies, cookstove standards, budgetary commitments under health, forestry, and climate priorities, and thoughtful national campaigns can all lead to growth in markets for clean cooking and drive greater impact.  This plenary session will include a moderated conversation with four ministers who have been champions of cutting-edge national programs and policies in their respective countries.  The discussion will touch on what worked and what didn’t, how the speakers felt the policies moved the market, and outline opportunities for replication of these policy models in other countries.

Stories of Impact

This session will present three short monologues from inspiring and innovative people in all aspects of the clean cookstoves field.

Clean Cooking for Health: Separating the Noise from the Truth

Cooking behaviors are culturally engrained, resource-constrained, and a strong force of habit with a myriad of health consequences. Research on the effectiveness of clean cooking interventions for improving health in low-resource settings is thus complex and challenging, and strongly influenced by approaches to implementation. This session explores the lessons learned from studies investigating how clean cooking can promote respiratory and cardiovascular health and the collective power of these lessons to inform future investments in the clean cooking sector.

The Role of National Alliances in Building Markets for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels

A panel discussion to explore the best role for national alliance in strengthening local markets for clean cookstoves and fuels and addressing the needs of their member. Conversations will also examine the best ways for donors to help support these nascent local institutions and touch on key interventions needed to expand the range of available stove technologies and fuels and help make stove producers investment ready.

Cooking for Crisis-Affected People: Lessons from the Nepal Earthquake and Beyond

In 2015, the Alliance mobilized the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Working Group to coordinate the delivery of over 86,000 cookstoves, solar lamps, chargers, and other energy products to earthquake survivors in Nepal. This session will address best practices and lessons learned in assessing and restoring cooking capabilities during and after the Nepal earthquake, as well as discuss current and potential approaches to disaster readiness for cooking needs in rapid-onset emergencies.

PV Solar for Cooking: State of the Technology and How to Address Remaining Barriers

This session will explore the latest technologies and cost-reduction advances in PV solar systems. Panelists will discuss the needed parallel processes for research and piloting in order to design a practical system, as well as those remaining barriers to making clean cooking run on PV solar power a reality.

Stove Procurement in Humanitarian Agencies – Existing Guidelines, Suppliers, and Resources

As humanitarian aid organizations increasingly recognize the importance of providing cookstoves and fuel to crisis-affected people, many are asking which products to procure, where to purchase them, and how to ensure they meet quality standards. Conversely, manufacturers and distributors want to know how to sell their products to aid organizations. This informal session will provide an overview of existing procurement resources for humanitarian settings, including UNHCR guidelines published in 2016.

Developing National Roadmaps for Clean Cooking: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach

Developing a comprehensive national clean cooking strategy that reflects the perspectives of all stakeholders—government, private sector, civil society, and NGOs—is a significant undertaking with many challenges. Case studies from four countries that are well along in their planning process as well as those just beginning the development of a national action plan, will provide insights into successful approaches and lessons learned. Panelists from will discuss their experiences and obstacles in charting these action plans.

Beyond Carbon: Results-Based Financing to Achieve the SDGs

A panel discussion of interest to project developers, investors, and outcome payers/funders (bilateral, foundation, etc.). Speakers will address successes and challenges related to various results-based finance mechanisms such as the Stove Auction in SE Asia, SNV’s RBF program, and the ADALY pilot in Laos. This session will also include a discussion on the development of new co-benefits based RBF programs including Gold Standard’s 3.0 methodology and the expansion of the World Bank’s CI-DEV Fund.

Closing Plenary: Champions – New and Current Voices in Support of Clean Cooking

Having the right champions in your corner can be the difference between failure and success. Influential supporters can help raise awareness, boost engagement and partnerships, and create opportunities for your organization to thrive. Come hear from existing and new clean cooking champions on how they are connecting the issue of clean cooking to important global and climate goals and how they are working to help address the global cooking crisis, empower women, and drive awareness and adoption of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels in developing countries and in humanitarian settings.