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The Challenge

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Nations of the world have committed to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all by 2030.


But some 2.7 billion people still rely on harmful burning of firewood and charcoal for their cooking and eating needs. These practices produce 2-5% of annual greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. This fuel takes hours each week to gather, with women often risking their personal safety. Unsustainable harvesting also has critical environmental impact, resulting in deforestation and forest degradation. Populations are growing faster than clean fuel and cookstove solutions are being adopted. Global solutions often fail to take into account local needs.


The maps below show just how much of the world still relies on solid fuels, and charcoal, and just how much fuel still continues to be unsustainably sourced for this fuel. 

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