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Billions of people cook over open fires. Are gas stoves the solution?

Summary

The inaugural Clean Cooking conference sparked significant debate over the use of gas stoves. Advocates for clean cooking solutions argue that gas stoves contribute to indoor air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, posing health risks and environmental concerns. Opponents emphasize the current affordability and accessibility of gas stoves for many households. The conference highlighted the need for a balanced approach that considers both environmental impacts and economic realities. Efforts are being made to promote electric and other cleaner cooking alternatives, especially in low-income and marginalized communities, to ensure a just transition towards healthier and more sustainable cooking practices.

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