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MECS and partners unveil ambitious agenda to scale energy transition, accelerating global access to clean, affordable, and reliable Electric Cooking

28th November 2023

We are thrilled to announce that MECS programme will be participating in a diverse range of exciting events with our partners at COP28. As a dedicated advocate for clean cooking and climate action, we are excited to engage with global leaders and experts in this crucial time.

Join us for a dynamic series of events at COP28. Here’s what you can expect from our main and side events:

Main Event:

Event TitleElectrifying Cooking: A just journey towards Net-zero
Date and TimeTuesday 5th December 2023, 11:30-12:30 (GST)
VenueB8: Plenaries & Meeting Rooms, Al Waha Theatre

About this session:

MECS will join anchor partners Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), Energising Development (EnDev) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) to formally launch the Global electric Cooking Coalition (GeCCo) at COP28 in UAE.

The Ministerial event, which is hosted by COP28, GEAPP, SEforALL, MECS, EnDev and IRENA, will see the launch of the new coalition, GeCCo, that will focus on rapidly scaling the transition to electric cooking (eCooking) and ensuring that it is a just transition inclusive of the poor and marginalized. This high-level event will bring together government leaders, country Ministers, multiple international organisations and energy access programmes with clear action plans in several low- and middle-income countries, backed by climate finance.

Join us by accessing the live-stream, which is available via two platforms:

Event TitleAccelerating Access to Clean Cooking: The Imperatives
Date and TimeFriday 1st December 2023, 11:30-13:00 (GST)
VenueKenya Pavilion

About this session:

This high-level side event is hosted by the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Energy & Petroleum in collaboration with the Office of First lady, Kenya and Burn Manufacturing. The objective of this side event is to catalyze concerted actions and mobilize political support for accelerated action towards clean cooking in line with the global roadmap for just and inclusive clean cooking transition.

Event TitleThe African Women Clean Cooking Support Programme (AWCCSP)
Date and TimeSaturday 2nd December 2023, 10:30-12:00 (GST)
VenueBlue Zone

About this session:

Her Excellency, Dr Samia Hassan Suluhu, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, will be launching the African Women Clean Cooking Support Programme (AWCCSP), a gender responsive, just energy transition approach in Africa while scaling up climate actions for resilient agriculture and blue economy. This high-level side event will be attended by distinguished African and Global leaders.

Event TitleGetting On Course: The State of Cooking Energy Access in Schools and Opportunities for Action
Date and TimeSunday 3rd December 2023, 16.00-17.00 (GST)
VenueSDG7 Global South Pavilion, Blue Zone

About this session:

This Event is jointly organized by ESMAP, WFP and SEforALL, and seeks to bring visibility to the lagging state of cooking energy access in schools and highlight the key opportunities for action by featuring ongoing initiatives that are already responding to the challenge. It will also present the preliminary findings of the report The State of Cooking Energy Access in Schools: Insights from an Exploratory Study, a joint product of the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Note: when the event is live, you will be able to watch it via this link , however please remember that you need to register first.

Event TitleAccelerating Electric Cooking Scale Up in Nepal: Global Learnings from the MECS Programme
Date and TimeTuesday 5th December 2023,16:00-17.30 (GST)
VenueNepal Pavilion

About this session:

Electric cooking is a key priority for the Government of Nepal, which has set ambitious targets, calling for 25% of households to be using electricity as a primary mode of cooking by 2030. However, Nepal has a large gap to make up to achieve the Government’s 2030 eCooking target. Intersecting with the four cross-cutting themes of COP28, Technology & Innovation, Inclusion, Frontline Communities and Finance, this side event highlights the opportunities and potential interventions to address this gap and fast-track a transition to eCooking at scale that enables Nepal to realise its electric cooking goals.

Event TitleAchieving eCooking Ambition: Finance, Supply Chains and Political Commitment
Date and TimeFriday 8th December 2023,16:00-17.00 GST
VenueSDG7 Global South Pavilion, Blue Zone

About this session:

A major new initiative was launched on December 5th at COP during Energy Day. On the Presidential stage, high-level representatives from National governments, international institutions and financiers committed to work together to dramatically accelerate the uptake of electric cooking globally under the new Global Electric Cooking Coalition (GeCCo). In this session we explore some of the details of how we can make this transition happen. Following an overview of how electric cooking has come to be recognised as perhaps the major opportunity to dramatically transform the clean cooking landscape (access to modern energy cooking remains one of the most off-target SDGs), the rest of the session will be devoted to exploring some of the opportunities and challenges facing key actors within the eCooking community.

Note: when the event is live, you will be able to watch it via this link , however please remember that you need to register first.

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