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AFREC Report

AFREC/MECS Report Open for Public Consultation

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Sustainable Scaling: Meeting the Clean Cooking Challenge in Africa


The African Energy Commission (AFREC) in collaboration with the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme (led by Loughborough University and the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)) are drafting a major new publication on clean cooking in Africa entitled “Sustainable Scaling: Meeting the Clean Cooking Challenge in Africa.”

The report is being developed to support the design of the African Union’s African Clean Cooking programme called for by the African Ministers responsible for Transport and Energy during the 4th Ordinary Session of the Specialised Technical Committee on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, and Energy held on 12-15 September 2023 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The intent is to help establish a baseline and track progress on clean cooking in the continent; disseminate information on the current status of clean cooking across Africa and support the development of a properly informed and targeted continental clean cooking strategy and the establishment of an AU-led Africa Clean Cooking Facility to provide technical and financial support to AU Member States in their nationally determined transition efforts.

Addressing clean cooking in Africa necessitates a multifaceted approach rooted in the commitments of African governments and facilitated by African institutions in collaboration with international partners. This report is a response to the increasing global interest in clean cooking by providing a comprehensive overview of the sector’s current knowledge landscape. Building on the AU aspirations for economic growth, it emphasizes the significant differences among African states and explores various interpretations of how resources raised to tackle the issue should be best targeted, relying on evidence-based insights. The study considers how progress on clean cooking is key to African economic development in the coming decade, both reducing the costs of inaction and positively supporting a just transition to a resilient economy.

We are pleased to announce that the AFREC/MECS report is now open for public consultation and interested individuals are invited to review this report and provide their comments and feedback using our feedback form.

All comments and feedback must be submitted via the online feedback form by Friday, 31st of May 2024.

We value your views and hope you take this opportunity to have your say and contribute to this report.