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Join us as we support Malawi and Scotland's call on the nations of the world to provide access to cleaner cooking for all by 2030. 

No one should be left behind.


We’re driven by a single goal; to make sustainable cooking energy accessible for all - leaving no-one behind.

Cleaner energy for cooking is essential for human wellbeing. Cooking is an integral part of daily life, community and culture. Nations of the world have committed to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all by 2030. 


We started the Cleaner Cooking Coalition in 2019, as we and other signatories signed the Wexford Declaration to advocate for the billions of people who rely on traditional cooking methods, and commit to improving biomass options for cooking, to reduce climate impacts and improve familties’ health and wellbeing.

We are now taking this one step further - we aim to get a stove in the hands of everyone who needs one, and work to make sure pathways to cleaner cooking is available now to the billions of people in the world who need it.

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Coalition Founders

Christa Roth

Director of Food and Fuel Consultants, Germany

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Christa assists worldwide on a demand-basis to develop locally appropriate efficient technologies for cooking or other uses of heat, based on locally available renewable solid biomass fuels. Her biomass energy work started in Malawi in 1997, realising that cooking energy is vital for survival and at the core of food security. Not cooking is not an option especially in rural areas of developing countries or refugee camps without access to ready-cooked food from supermarkets or restaurants.

Her work with inspiring teams on amazing opportunities lead to a good track record of units sold: In Malawi alone >1.4 Mio portable Chitetezo Mbaula stoves for household cooking, >20,000 metal Rocket and Mayankho Stoves for institutions (recognised in 2006 with the Ashden Awards, where she first met the co-founders of CCC),  >10,000 barns for tobacco curing.


Dr Omar Masera


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Dr. Omar Masera has a bachelor in Physics from the National University of Mexico and a Master and PhD in Energy and Resources from UC, Berkeley. Currently he is full-time professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad, UNAM where he is also Director of the Bioenergy Laboratory and the Ecotechnology Innovation Research Unit. He leads the Cluster of Solid Biofuels. Dr. Masera received the National Research Award for young scientists of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2000, the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a member of IPCC, the Ashden Awards to Sustainable Energy in 2006, and the National University Prize in 2015.


Dr Priya Karve

Managing Director, Samuchit Enviro Tech

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In a career spanning more than 20 years, Dr. Karve invented a number of improved biomass burning cooking devices, to reduce smoke in the kitchen and dependence on firewood for domestic cooking in rural areas. In 2005, she started Samuchit Enviro Tech, a social enterprise that has been selling a wide range of biomass energy, renewable energy, and energy efficient household energy devices since its inception. Her work has been honoured by several national and international awards, including World Technology Award 2005 (by World Technology Network, New York), Sahyadri Hirkani Award 2011 (by Mumbai Doordarshan, India), Pune’s Pride Award for Innovation 2013 (by Residency Club, Pune), etc. She has also been featured in a number of national and international periodicals, publications and radio and television programmes.

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Conor Fox

Director, Hestian Innovation

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Conor is Director of Hestian Innovation, which has been running cleaner cooking programmes in Malawi since 2008 and Rwanda from 2012. Hestian developed the first programme in both Malawi and Rwanda to issue cleaner cooking verified emission reductions, the first programme to apply supressed demand (which considers when basic needs are not being met in the baseline) for cleaner cooking programmes and is one the the first programmes to receive a Letter of Authorisation from the host country facilitating Article 6 Authorisation under the Paris Agreement. Conor holds an Msc in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics from UCL, and is a keen advocate of biochar.

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That is why the most successful design efforts are not just created for but with end users, co-creating the ideal technology. When it comes to stoves, context really counts, testing stoves in the field, for both technical and social, cultural performance, is critical.

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