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 transitiojob n from biomass to clean cooking on a global scale.


We are recruiting! Two Research Associate vacancies with the MECS programme.

Research Associate – Modern Energy Cooking in Institutional Settings. Further particulars & how to apply here. Application Closing Date: 14 December 2020.

Research Associate in Service Design for Modern Energy Cooking Services. Further particulars & how to apply here. Application Closing Date: 15 December 2020.


Access the new ESMAP/MECS ‘Cooking With Electricity: A Cost Perspective’ report here.