1.3 billion people worldwide continue to be without basic modern energy services or reliable access to electricity, while 2.6 billion do not have access to clean cooking facilities. Insufficient energy forces many of them, especially women and children, to devote a large part of their time to gathering firewood and so prevents them from going to work or school, while cutting down trees also increases deforestation. Firewood also causes indoor pollution, as do other traditional biomass fuels, such as charcoal and agricultural waste, which leads to serious health problems, yet remain the most important energy source for most African households for cooking and heating. The objective of the Clean Cooking Programme for Africa is to create the market framework for a large-scale transition to clean cooking by replacing outdated stoves and open fires with modern energy services based on Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG. The provision of clean cooking solutions is one of eleven “Action Areas” under the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL).
The EU-AITF SE4ALL grant of up to EUR 1.7 million will finance a feasibility study for the preparation of this regional programme in three pilot countries, Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon. The feasibility study will identify and develop investments and policy recommendations to unlock and grow the market for LPG as a major solution for clean cooking on a rapid and large scale.