Energy Challenges for Clean Cooking in Asia, the Background, and Possible Policy Solutions
Household air pollution from solid fuel use is estimated to result each year in more than a million premature deaths worldwide. The approximate number of people without access to clean cooking facilities is 2.8 billion, primarily in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Among those, 2.5 billion people cook with biomass in inefficient and polluting stoves. The health impacts are severe: it is estimated that household air pollution from solid fuel use results in more than a million premature deaths each year in the People’s Republic of China and 2.8 million deaths worldwide. In addition, the biomass often comes from unsustainable sources.