In collaboration with USAID and NIH’s Implementation Science Network, we will be hosting a day-long pre forum workshop focusing on the public health benefits of scaling up clean cooking. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from panels covering various topics including: Household to ambient air pollution; Lessons from the field: Biomarkers and indicators of cardiopulmonary health; Challenges to demonstrating public health benefits at scale; WHO CHEST Toolkit; Updates on Impact Assessment Tools; and Cooking and Burns: Emerging Tools and Resources. Registration is required for this workshop. For more information, please send an email to email@example.com expressing your interest.
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.
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.
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.
This session will feature a 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.
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.
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.
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.
This session will involve an interactive discussion with a panel of last mile distributors to identify and dissect best practices (and worst mistakes!) – with a focus on strategies for recruiting, training, and incentivizing sales agent networks. The session will involve knowledge exchange, which will stimulate ideas for greater collaboration between participants and spur new ideas and 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 centralised business services and growth capital for distributors.
In this session, representatives from cookstove and fuel enterprises will discuss their experiences in building their brands and 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.
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.
(Morning Informal) This informal discussion will include a discussion on the distinctive features of the TLUD technology, ongoing projects and highlights of new products, and explore past successes and continuing challenges related to cost and user acceptance.
(Morning Informal) 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
(Morning Informal) 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.
The India clean cooking session will assess the current state of the Indian clean cooking sector in the context of recent technology developments and policy initiatives. Practitioners, ministry representatives, and other stakeholders will share key insights, solutions, and success stories from the past year. The discussion will focus on next steps needed for fostering a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem for clean cooking in India, and the prospective roles that different stakeholders can play in facilitating a more vibrant clean cookstoves and fuels market.
Clean cooking efforts around the world have evolved considerably over the last few years. South-South cooperation is increasingly critical as we seek to build upon practices and efforts without reinventing the wheel. It can also be very helpful to hear practical advice on the “how tos” in enabling particular interventions to support market and enterprise growth. Several country governments have also committed to further supporting cooking efforts outside of their countries – including China and India. This session will also discuss potential areas of support for other developing countries regarding policy, research, women’s engagement and leadership, and capacity building to develop large-scale cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Morning Informal) 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.
(Morning Informal) 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.
(Morning Informal) Energy access is a critical and under-served need among the 128 million people in need of humanitarian assistance today, including refugees and internally displaced persons. Most of the food provided by humanitarian agencies must be cooked before it can be eaten, but efficient cookstoves and fuel are rarely provided. In this open session, interested Forum participants will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions of veteran humanitarian organizations and pioneers in the private sector who are collaborating to bring cooking solutions to crisis-affected people. The discussion will address key challenges and innovative approaches to operating in humanitarian settings, as well as provide newcomers to the sector with resources to learn more.
(Morning Informal) Far too many people die prematurely each year from illness attributable to household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels. However, due to evolving methods of measuring the health impacts of cooking, as well as the different organizations doing the measuring (WHO, IHME, and others), it can be difficult to know what is the most accurate, up-to-date research available. This session will provide an overview of the current statistics around the global burden of disease from cooking and provide an opportunity to discuss how and why data is collected and presented in its current forum, as well as when this data may be updated and how figures will continue to evolve.
Among the options for reducing black carbon emissions, residential cookstove and fuel interventions offer the highest net benefits per cost. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is working with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to improve the standards and testing protocols needed to reliably evaluate emissions reductions and co-benefits from interventions to reduce black carbon, particulate matter, and other pollutants. Participants are invited to join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), World Health Organization and UN Environment for an informal discussion about the BreatheLife campaign and its objectives to raise awareness of the health and climate benefits from reducing both indoor and outdoor air pollution (BreatheLife2030.org)
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.
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.
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.
There is increasing momentum to scale clean cooking in Nepal, with active engagement of the government and key stakeholders. Nepal illustrates a unique situation where a mix of biogas, LPG, electric appliances are increasingly being used. This session will share recent results from a range of market and consumer, and field research being undertaken to inform future behavior change, market development, and policy efforts to accelerate widespread access to and adoption of clean cooking in Nepal, and updates on government-led efforts to facilitate increased access to clean cooking.
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.
Developing a comprehensive national clean cooking strategy that reflects the perspectives of all stakeholders—government, private sector, civil society, and donors—is a significant undertaking with many challenges and opportunities. Case studies from countries that are well along in their planning process, as well as those just beginning the development of their national action plans, will provide the audience with insights into successful approaches, and lessons learned. Panelists will also discuss their experiences and obstacles in charting these action plans.
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.
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.