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MECS and partners promote multiple benefits to be gained by scaling electric cooking at Renewable Energy Conference 2023, Kampala

24th November 2023

The Renewable Energy Conference (REC23) was a resounding success, with modern energy cooking prominent across the three days in Kampala. Highlights from the event, which was held in Kampala, Uganda from 16-18 November 2023, included: 

  • MECS sponsored a clean cooking side event with three panel discussions on scaling eCooking, the enabling environment for clean cooking, and private sector experiences in the sector. The room was full for all three discussions, which gave a platform to most of the key stakeholders in the sector, including MEMD, UNACC, UECCC, UNBS, Umeme, CREEC, CIRCODU, UpEnergy, BURN, and several others. The sessions provoked progressive debate on appliance standards, tax incentives, the eCooking tariff, awareness raising, sector collaboration, and much more;
  • James Baanabe (Senior Consultant for MECS) introduced eCooking to the Minister of State for Energy and provided him with an electric pressure cooker (EPC), and was then asked by the Minister to write to Cabinet regarding eCooking in Uganda; 
  • There was a MECS booth in a pavilion sponsored by the British High Commission where MECS, Centre for Research on Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) and the Ugandan National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC) exhibited EPCs and showcased MECS and eCooking in Uganda;
  • Will Clements (Gamos Ltd.) introduced GeCCo in a panel discussion on scaling eCooking, which sparked conversations on how to rapidly scale, appliance quality, and how to raise awareness of the cost and time saving benefits of eCooking.
Will Clements (Gamos Ltd.) represented MECS at the panel discussion entitled ‘Strategy for Accelerating Cooking with Efficient Electrical Appliances in Urban Centres from Traditional Fuels to eCooking’ (image credit: Sarah Babirye, UNACC).


Featured image, top: The MECS booth at REC23, sponsored by the British High Commission (image credit: Muzamiru Menya, Rural Country Development Organisation (RUCODE)).

Opportunity: Women in Modern Energy Cooking (WMEC) initiative launched