Deep Dive Workshop

Increasing Access to e-Cooking in Asia and the Pacific/strong>

Organized by: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (UNESCAP), and Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Asia and the Pacific has made considerable progress in realizing the goals of SDG 7, largely because of gains in access to electricity. But one area of access to sustainable and modern energy for all is seriously lagging behind—access to clean cooking. The annualized increase in clean cooking access between 2017 and 2021 for countries in Asia and the Pacific hints to the potential for introducing clean cooking solutions such as e-cooking. However, despite the availability of a wide range of clean cooking solutions, uptake has been limited, and quite slow. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened the situation, as governments had to redirect their priorities and step back from programs that promote clean cooking. Also, supply chains were disrupted, and energy prices increased. All these factors led to as many as 50 million people—in developing countries in both Asia and Africa—to switch back to harmful cooking options due to the pandemic.1

This workshop will highlight the best practices for integrating and mainstreaming access to modern energy cooking solutions such as e-cooking into energy transition planning, and to scaling up public and private investments into cooking. This workshop will also highlight a number of innovative technologies and inclusive business models that can be adopted to scale up clean cooking across Asia and the Pacific. And lastly, this workshop will provide a platform for cooperation among a diverse set of stakeholders, with the aim to increase the uptake of clean cooking solusion in Asia and the Pacific.

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