ESMAP (the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program) is a multi-donor global trust fund programme managed by the World Bank Group. Under the MECS programme, ESMAP will provide the evidence for understanding how and when modern energy cooking service transitions can happen. They will develop indicators and measurement capacity for the international monitoring of modern energy cooking services and will look for opportunities to scale up new approaches, business models and technologies developed through the MECS programme.
MECS draws on the knowledge of research partners from across the UK, with extensive experience across a broad range of key research themes that will support our transition away from a business as usual approach. Our research partners are; De Montfort University, Durham University, Gamos, Newcastle University, University College of London, University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of Strathclyde. The team from Loughborough University includes researchers from the Department of Geography and Environment and CREST .
Our research focuses on;
- developing genuinely clean, efficient cooking technologies and energy storage options;
- providing full life cycle analysis that captures and defines costs and the characteristics of the supply side, including second-life or end of life use, recycling or safe disposal of electrical appliances;
- understanding consumer culture – understanding consumer culture, demand and the social drivers for modern energy cooking services choices;
- building local capability to absorb ongoing innovations and adapt the new knowledge to different contexts and needs;
- generating evidence on other drivers for transition including understanding and optimisation of multi-fuel use;
- establishing the evidence base to support policy environments that can underpin a pathway to scale and support well understood markets and enterprises.