New Delhi: According to WHO's Global Burden of Disease assessment, an estimated 1.04 million premature deaths per year in India are attributable to household air pollution from cooking fuels. With over 150 million Indian households still dependent on inefficient solid fuels for cooking, India pays a pernicious human, economic and environmental cost for lack of access to clean energy. Clean energy for cooking is not just a climate issue but also an issue of consequence to health, social and gender equity.
After succeeding in mainstreaming this issue over the past two years, the India Clean Cooking Forum is aiming in its 3rd edition to bring together major stakeholders to chart out a roadmap for universal access to clean cooking energy in India by 2030. A GIZ - MNRE initiative, India Clean Cooking Forum 2015 will be held on October 5-6 in the national capital.
Co-hosted by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Indo-German Energy program - Access to Energy in Rural Areas (IGEN-Access), ICCF is organised by GIZ in partnership with Shell Foundation, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, TATA Trusts, the World Bank, and the Clean Energy Access Network. IGEN-Access is an Indo-German Energy Program aimed at promoting renewable rural energy enterprises.
The Forum has roped in clean cooking practitioners, policy makers, clean cooking energy manufacturers, product developers, research organisations, investors, banks, social enterprises, government and donor agencies, foundations and NGOs to collectively initiate the development of comprehensive and detailed roadmap for universal access to clean cooking energy in India by 2030.
Importantly the forum will also reach out to major Indian corporates for gaining their support for the cause of clean cooking by letting the sector leverage their existing distribution networks, CSR funds as well as expertise available in developing new markets and technology innovation.
Hon'ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri. Piyush Goyal will address the inaugural session of the conference and lay out his ministry's vision towards helping achieve the goal of sustainable energy for all. Other experts who will be part of the deliberations include Smt. Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, MNRE; Mr. Wolfgang Hannig, Country Director, GIZ India; Ms. Radha Muthiah, CEO, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves; Mr. Harald Richter, Programme Head, IGEN-Access, GIZ, Prof. Kirk R Smith, University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Atreyi Ganguli of the World Health Organisation.
"Notwithstanding the efforts of the Indian government to provide households with clean energy, for a long time, millions of them will continue to rely on biomass as an energy source for cooking. Considering the high indoor pollution caused by traditional cooking practices to which especially women and children are exposed to, there is no more time to waste. Thus, a concerted action of all stakeholders be it government, private sector or civil society organisation is needed to explore and scale up the use of clean and affordable cooking technologies including improved biomass cookstoves. The India Clean Cooking Forum 2015 takes the first step towards this cross-sectoral cooperation by initiating the development of a roadmap to improve access to clean cooking energy in India" says Dr. Harald Richter, Programme Head, IGEN-Access, GIZ 80% of India's rural population derives its cooking energy needs from solid fuels, such as firewood and cattle dung. A recent analysis by the Centre for Study of Science Technology & Policy on India's climate change framework suggests that aggressive penetration of modern cooking fuels can reduce morbidity by more than half due to indoor air pollution from traditional cooking.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an enterprise owned by the German Government. GIZ implements sustainable development through international cooperation, on behalf of Germany and other partners. GIZ's Indo-German Energy Programme - Access to Energy in Rural Areas (IGEN-Access) creates a conducive environment for renewable rural energy enterprises and makes energy services easily accessible.