How can environmental assessment contribute to the Modern Energy Cooking agenda?

By Dr Jaqi Lee, S2A Associates, Sustainability Systems Analysis.

The Modern Energy Cooking Services programme (MECS) has been set up to increase the uptake of modern energy cooking, predominately within Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Modern energy cooking has significant potential to improve the quality of life through improved air quality in the home, thus reducing the prevalence of chronic lung disease, and to free up time traditionally spent collecting firewood and cooking for other activities. A shift to clean cooking options is generally understood to mean moving away from charcoal and firewood, towards LPG and electricity.