Nicholas Lam recently attended the Pathways to Clean Cooking 2050 conference in Wexford, Ireland. The conference brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss strategies to increase access to clean and affordable residential energy services — in particular, ways to satisfy cooking needs without increased use of fossil fuels.
Nick presented on research we are conducting in Nepal to assess how the introduction of electric cooking appliances and biogas systems affects residential energy use, household air quality, and particulate exposure. This research project, Clean Cooking Nepal, is being conducted in collaboration with LEADERS Nepal in Kathmandu, with financial support from the Clean Cooking Alliance.
The conference culminated in the development of a declaration outlining sectoral needs and commitments — calling for, among other items, a prioritization of initiatives that provide immediate emissions reductions and social benefits through sustainable cooking to the communities most vulnerable to climate change.