Efficient, Clean Cooking and Heating
Nearly 2.9 billion people – more than India and China put together—still use polluting fuels like wood and coal to cook and heat their homes. The associated indoor pollution comes at a huge cost to the society, in terms of health, environmental and economic costs, estimated at over US$123 billion every year. These numbers underline the urgent need to accelerate the adoption of clean, efficient cooking fuels, which can save millions of lives and help reach sustainable energy goals by 2030. In 2015, ESMAP launched Efficient, Clean Cooking and Heating (ECCH), a cross‐sectoral collaboration between the Energy, Environment, Health, Gender, and Climate Change units of the World Bank and IFC. Its objective is to support countries increase access to cleaner, more efficient cooking and heating solutions to achieve health, gender, social, financial and environmental benefits.