Cooking energy. Why it really matters if we are to halve poverty by 2015. Household Energy Programme (HERA)

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Key facts you should know about energy for cooking.
  • Cooking energy accounts for about 90 percent of all household energy consumption in developing countries.
  • Worldwide, 2.5 billion people use biomass fuels for cooking. These include firewood, charcoal, dung and agricultural residues.
  • Biomass fuels are often the only available energy source, especially in rural areas. In most Sub-Saharan countries more than 80 percent of the population use biomass fuels for their daily cooking.
  • Despite massive efforts in substitution and electrification, the number of people relying on biomass energy is still increasing. It is estimated that in 2030, more than 2.7 billion people will cook with biomass.

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