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Join in the discussion through the new MECS talk series, in partnership with Finovista, on transitioning to modern energy cooking services

Date
3rd June 2021
Categories
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A new Talk Series, led by the MECS programme through its in-country partner Finovista and other stakeholders, focuses on different topics relating to transitioning to modern energy cooking services. The Talk Series aims to enable the transition to modern energy cooking services. The first of its kind, 12 modules for the Talk Series have been identified, focusing on key aspects of Cooking Devices Design & Innovation, Research & Pilot, Finance for Clean Cooking, Nutrition & Electric Cooking, Energy Cooking Access, Capacity Building, MECS Global Resources, Support for Indian Device Manufacturers, Institutional Cooking, Market Opportunities for Indian Device manufacturers and Global Market Access.

Webinar 10: Modern energy-based cooking for slums

The tenth session in the series, held on 9 June 2022, focused on modern energy-based cooking for slums. Slum communities in India account for roughly 17% of the urban population. They are more prone to health hazards by biomass burning because they have poorly constructed tenements with inadequate infrastructure, sanitation and improper ventilation resulting in enhanced exposure to indoor air pollution. Promoting modern energy cooking is challenging due to low income, education, electricity access, water supply and socio-demographic characteristics.

This session discussed the required energy and critical infrastructure to transition slum dwellers to the use of modern energy-based cooking solutions. The obstacles in promoting and marketing modern energy cooking solutions to slum dwellers and how switching to modern and sustainable cooking solutions can benefit the slum inhabitants. Discussions took place on findings from existing research studies on slum development in Southeast Asia and on developing robust energy infrastructure in slums based in the eastern part of India. Furthermore, India is working on a state-level Energy Action Plan (EAP), in which, modern energy cooking can also become part of it.

Webinar 9: Launch of the Indian eCookBook

The ninth session in the series, held on 19 May 2022, focused on the topic “Launch of the Indian eCookBook”. The session focused on showcasing the results and major findings of the cooking feasibility study with the electric pressure cooker (EPC) with reference to Indian dishes.

Webinar 8: Impact of COVID 19 Pandemic on Access to Clean Energy for Cooking

The eighth session in the series, held on 26 April 2022, focused on the topic “Impact of COVID 19 pandemic on access to Clean Energy for Cooking”. The session aimed to explore the key trends that have emerged during the pandemic and how these trends have impacted the consumer’s paying capacity, willingness to switch over to cleaner cooking solutions, access to clean energy solutions, and energy infrastructure.

Webinar 7: Innovative Finance for Clean Cooking

The seventh session in the series, held on 12 January 2022 from 10:30-11:30 GMT, focused on financing models needed to scale up modern energy cooking solutions through accelerated investment and market deployment. The clean cooking industry has been traditionally marred by the challenge of access to finance, though this is changing fast with the emergence of innovative financing models. Despite a strong commercial potential and promising & scalable business models, the industry is often assessed from a development aspect. Innovative financing models have the potential to transform this industry into a strong market opportunity with sustainable growth potential.

Webinar 6: Women in Clean Cooking

The sixth session in the series, held on 16 December 2021 from 10:30-11:45 GMT, focused on the critical role of women in achieving universal access to clean cooking and the importance of establishing an inclusive sector with an enabling and user-centric environment.

Webinar 5: Carbon Finance for Clean Cooking sector

The fifth session in the series, held on 30 November 2021 from 10:30-11:45 GMT, focused on on the role of carbon credits in boosting the clean cooking device sector. The session covered carbon financing and how the clean cooking sector can leverage innovative financing instruments to bring down the cost of ownership for the clean cooking devices which could further enhance the uptake of such devices and enable the transition to clean cooking.

Webinar 4: Opportunities for Decentralised Renewable Energy in Clean Cooking

The fourth session in the series, held on 19 October 2021 from 11.30-12.30 BST, focused on analysis of the quality of decentralized renewable energy in clean cooking across India, and the additional revenue opportunities that can emerge from modern energy cooking.

Webinar 3: Opportunity for DISCOMs in Electric Cooking

The third talk session in the series, held on 5 August 2021 from 11:30-12:30 BST, focused on the ‘Opportunity for DISCOMs in Electric Cooking‘. The topic focused on analysis of the quality of electricity across India, and additional revenue opportunities that can emerge from electric cooking.

Webinar 2: Transitioning to Modern Energy Cooking: Barriers to Scale-Up and Possible Solutions

The second webinar in the series, held on 2 July 2021 from 11.30-12.30 BST, focused on ‘Transitioning to Modern Energy Cooking: Barriers to Scale-Up and Possible Solutions‘. The webinar focused on analysis of the barriers to scaling up clean cooking across India, and what could be the possible innovative approaches and solutions to address them.

Webinar 1: Transitioning to Modern Energy in Cooking: Device Design and Innovation

The first Talk on Transitioning to Modern Energy in Cooking: Device Design and Innovation was held on 10th June 2021, 11.30-12.30 BST. The topic for the first talk was “Device Design and Innovation”, which focused on the various aspects of Design and Innovation in the new age cooking devices and the vital role they play in enabling the shift to clean cooking and also on efficiency, usability and consumer convenience.

Watch the 1st webinar on Device Design and Innovation.