China’s clean cooking projects

Last updated: 2 August 2023

China’s policy makers have been promoting clean cooking options since the 1980s. Over the past two decades, the Ministry of Agriculture has invested in research, standard setting, pilot demonstrations, and industrial development. By the end of 2013, 150 million rural families and 500 million people benefitted from reforms, such as the provision of 123 million firewood and coal-saving stoves of various types, more than 31 million energy-saving stoves, and more than 19 million energy-saving stores. According to the Clean Cooking Alliance, which China joined in 2012, around 700 million people in China still depend on solid fuels like coal and biomass for cooking and heating. In 2014, China committed to providing 40 million clean stoves to households across China by 2020, and to eliminate inefficient stoves and cooking fuels by 2030. To further this goal, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Clean Cooking Alliance launched a three-year (2015-2017) pilot programme, with projects in Liaoning, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Chongqing and Gansu Provinces. The evaluation results of these pilot projects are yet to be released. 

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