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Transforming the Way of Cooking

Delivering on SDG 7: EnDev Provides Access to Modern Cooking Energy

Unless rapid action is taken, only 72 per cent of the global population will have access to clean cooking fuels and technologies by 2030 (IEA 2020). To accelerate access to cooking energy, EnDev supports the development of markets for clean cooking solutions. This is because clean cooking helps combat climate change by mitigating carbon emissions, improving health through less smoke pollution, reducing environmental damage through lower fuel consumption, and promoting empowerment and economic development.  

EnDev’s Ambition Level

EnDev aims to contribute to a wider sector transformation from lower tier to higher tier cooking (HTC) solutions in its partner countries. This not only increases direct benefits for users, but also paves the way for low-carbon development paths. In line with the Agenda 2030 and the pledge to leave no one behind, EnDev’s ambition is complemented by targeted interventions for the most vulnerable groups, with a specific focus on gender, displacement settings and the poorest of the poor. In other words, EnDev contributes to a just energy transition.  

Thus, EnDev promotes access to clean cooking energy for households, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and social infrastructure like schools. In doing so, EnDev follows a market-based approach:   

  • On the supply side: EnDev strengthens the entrepreneurial skills of producers and distributors as well as access to finance to innovate and scale-up business operations.
  • On the demand side: EnDev follows a consumer-centric approach. This means empowering people to take informed investment decisions that match their individual needs and abilities, including financing options. 
  • Enabling environment: Here, EnDev supports national governments and institutions with policy advice, such as on sector policies, regulatory aspects and quality assurance.
Business Development Support for cookstove producers and access to finance is one of the many activities EnDev is offering. © GIZ
eCooking in Nepal © Emerald Entertainment for Practical Action
eCooking in Nepal © Emerald Entertainment for Practical Action

A Spotlight on eCooking: Giving People the Power to Cook

Significant progress has been made in increasing electrification rates worldwide, while progress on access to clean cooking still lacks behind. Electric cooking – in short “eCooking” – is a unique opportunity that brings both sides of the story together. Progress on access to electricity can act as steppingstones to accelerate access to higher tier clean cooking solutions. 

Building on strong partnerships, such as with the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECSprogramme and the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), and more than 15 years of experience in market development for decentralized energy technologies, EnDev initiated the journey to turn ambition into practice: taking higher tier cooking solutions to scale. 

Study: Exploring the market for eCooking: Insights from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Jamal Uddin: A stove that changes more than the way of cooking

Key Documents

  • Exploring the market for eCooking
    EnDev and the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Programme present a series of studies assessing market potentials for electric cooking (eCooking). The studies describe opportunities in eight countries with EnDev projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • Behavioural change promotion toward cleaner cooking solutions
    The practical guide shows how EnDev is striving to promote behavioural change towards a widespread, sustainable und sustained adoption and use of cleaner cooking solutions.
  • Results assessment of a behavioural change approach in rural Cambodia
    This report quantifies the results of a behavioural change approach for clean cooking in rural Cambodia, showing significant positive changes.
  • Promoting improved cooking solutions in Kakuma refugee camp
    This report describes the design of a behavioural change communications campaign to promote improved cooking stoves in refugee settlements.
  • Lessons learned from promoting energy access for cooking and lighting in Kakuma refugee camp
    This learning product provides an overview of the pilot project in Kakuma refugee camp that was set out to provide clean, safe and affordable cooking and lighting solutions through a market-based approach.

EnDev’s Achievements

  • 19 million household members

    with improved access to clean cooking solutions, of which 1.5 million have access to higher tier cooking.
  • 2 million women and 4 million children

    benefit from lower exposure to hazardous pollutants like particulate matter and carbon monoxide. These cooking solutions save 2.44 million t CO2 in 2021.

Associated Projects

  • SEE-Clean Cooking: With SEE-Clean Cooking, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency introduces a new private-sector approach to promote clean, affordable cooking solutions. These solutions use sustainable fuels, including biogas, ethanol, pellets and electricity. The programme will carry out activities in partnership with the EnDev programme.
    The programme has two components:

    • Higher Tier Cooking Component (HTCC)
      HTCC aims to strengthen the supply side of the clean cooking sector. The programme focuses on helping small and medium-sized enterprises improve their business operations and access finance for upscaling and innovation. HTCC also helps build an enabling environment in support of higher-tier cooking.
    • African Biodigester Component (ABC)
      The African Biodigester Component (ABC) supports the growth and sustainability of the commercial biogas sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. The programme focuses on Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Uganda.
  • Promotion of Climate-Friendly Cooking: Kenya and Senegal: The project, implemented by GIZ and co-financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), is accelerating the growth of the improved cookstoves (ICS) market in both country contexts. By addressing the key barriers on demand as well as supply side it is significantly increasing the level of ICS production and sales, particularly in more remote and rural locations. It is thereby contributing to the achievement of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets in the energy sector in Kenya and Senegal.

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