<i>By Mike Naleid, GACC</i>

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves today released Igniting Change: A Strategy for Universal Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels, a plan to reduce the two million annual deaths caused by toxic cook smoke from burning solid fuels in rudimentary cookstoves and open fires – the primary means of cooking for nearly three billion people every day.

Igniting Change is designed as a comprehensive vision for the cookstove sector to achieve universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. The strategy charts three critical pillars of activity – enhancing demand, strengthening supply and fostering an enabling environment as key components of a thriving market for clean cookstoves and fuels. Igniting Change will serve as a blueprint for donors, the private sector, implementers, researchers, the United Nations and policymakers that outlines a combination of policy and actionable programmatic levers to catalyze the sector.

“When the Alliance was launched last year, the founders knew that a market-based solution – with engagement from a range of stakeholders – was our greatest chance for success,” said Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. “The time is right to address the barriers to affordable, accessible and clean cooking solutions that have permitted a silent killer to exist for too long. Igniting Change is the foundation from which the Alliance and the broader sector will build toward universal adoption, including meeting our own goal of 100 million households adopting clean cookstoves and fuels by 2020.”

The report weaves together recommendations from more than 350 international experts from a range of disciplines and organizations participating in nine Working Groups and two Cross-Cutting Committees over the past year.

<i>For a low resolution version of the report, click here.
For an executive summary of the report, click here.
For a factsheet on the Alliance and the report, click here.
To read the Working Group Roadmap and Early Action Recommendations, click here.</i>