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Almost three billion people worldwide cook their meals on simple stoves that use biomass fuels such as wood, charcoal, dung, and crop residues. This has had widespread impacts on human health and development as well as to the environment.

In industrialised countries, the switch to more efficient stoves was due to numerous factors; from the scarcity and resultant cost of fuelwood through to the increased convenience that more modern systems offered. This was followed by a transition to cleaner cooking fuels, such as oil and natural gas, driven in part by the need to reduce local pollution.

In the past few decades, urban households in many developing countries have made the same switch to cleaner cooking fuels, namely to liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or kerosene (paraffin). However, the majority of rural households (and many urban) do not have access to these more modern energy services as they are not endowed with the necessary infrastructure, nor do they have the adequate income to pay for the fuels, especially when compared to often more freely available biomass resources.

In recent years an increasing focus has been placed on the development of liquid biofuels for the household energy sector, as they combine some of the advantages of both traditional and fossil fuels, but with lower GHG emissions and often greater benefits to local economies. In addition the uniformity and more efficient combustion of liquid fuels allows for reduced emissions and a subsequent drop in the level of indoor air pollution suffered by many.


  • Link people and organisations whose goal is the creation of viable household markets for liquid fuels
  • Foster coordination and collaboration between and among those working with: Various liquid fuels (e.g. ethanol, paraffin, LPG etc)
    • Key components of the production & supply chain as well as end-use
    • Research and development of related technology
    • Financing bodies, governments and NGOs with an interest in liquid fuels
  • Exchange information and create knowledge on the most efficient, environmentally/socio-economically sustainable and healthy ways of establishing household uptake of liquid fuels


  • Communicate and deliberate via an e-mail discussion list discuss
  • Assemble an e-library of case studies and ‘best practice’ based on LiquidSIG members’ experiences
  • Where consensus, act as a advocacy group
  • Disseminate materials and information to inform policy-makers, private enterprise, financing bodies, and other stakeholders relevant to the goals of establishing household markets for liquid fuels
  • Create an annual directory of projects, organisations and funding bodies working in the area of liquid fuels


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