Modern Energy Cooking Services

1.8 billion people have access to electricity but still cook with biomass. Load shedding, weak grids, affordability of electricity, accessibility of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), tradition, perceptions, and a lack of suitable cooking appliances all act as barriers to scaling up the use of electricity or gas for cooking – clean cooking.

We already know that increasing access through renewable energy generation is becoming more affordable and opening new windows of opportunity. New business models and smart monitoring are improving the reliability of LPG distribution, appliances can be made more energy efficient but still cook favourite foods so they taste right, and cooking with electricity is becoming increasingly affordable with issues of reliability and sustainability being overcome.

We want to build on these opportunities and the new knowledge emerging from the MECS programme to break out of business-as-usual approaches and rapidly accelerate the transition from biomass to clean cooking on a global scale.


High Level Political Forum side event, 9th July – join us for the side event here.

Full details of the side event, including invited speakers, are available here.

New publication release: Cooking Health Energy Environment and Gender (CHEEG) – guiding Covid recovery plans. MECS programme working paper.

Job vacancies alert – we have 2 x Research Associate vacancies available in the MECS team (application deadline 9 July 2020). Further details and how to apply here.

A Research Associate vacancy specialising in energy in humanitarian settings is available in the MECS team (application deadline 16 July 2020). Further details and how to apply here.

A PhD studentship vacancy, exploring integrated energy planning for community resilience, is available based at Loughborough University (application deadline 19 July 2020). Further details and how to apply here.