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Cooking with climate-harming dirty fuels kills millions every year. How can Europe help?

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🗞️ Driving the news: The International Energy Agency (IEA) convenes a summit in Paris to address the widespread use of harmful cooking fuels in Africa, where dirty cooking is a major health hazard and a significant contributor to premature deaths

🔭 The context: Across Africa, the majority use open fires and basic stoves, exacerbating respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and increasing emissions
• Global efforts focus on transitioning to clean cooking solutions to improve health and environmental outcomes

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Switching to clean cooking fuels like LPG and electric plates can lead to a net reduction of 1.5 gigatons of CO2 equivalent by 2030, helping preserve forests and reduce greenhouse gases significantly

⏭️ What's next: With the Clean Cooking Africa Summit, the IEA and global leaders aim to pivot 2024 as a pivotal year in tackling the clean cooking crisis
• The summit could secure significant commitments and funding to expand access to cleaner technologies

💬 One quote: "I believe if your neighbour’s house is burning, you help them
• Africa is our neighbour," (Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA executive director)

📈 One stat: An estimated $4 billion annually is required to ensure all African households have access to clean cooking by 2030

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