The international Partnership for Clean Indoor Air was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development to address the increased environmental health risk faced by more than 3 billion people in the developing world who burn traditional biomass fuels indoors for cooking and heating. According to the World Health Organization, their increased exposure results in an estimated 1.6 million premature deaths each year, largely among women and children. The mission of the Partnership is to improve health, livelihood, and quality of life by reducing exposure to air pollution, primarily among women and children, from household energy use.
EPA supports initiative to address cookstoves
(September 21, 2010) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, which focuses on creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household solutions.
The U.S. Department of State, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), all of whom are founding partners of the Alliance, have forged an unprecedented government effort to mobilize financial resources, top-U.S. experts, and research and development tools to help the Alliance achieve its target of '100 by 20,' which calls for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will build upon the extensive network of organizations that comprise the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air.
For more information on the United States' partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, go to www.cleancookstoves.org
The Partnership focuses on four priority areas which have proved to be essential elements for sustainable household energy and health programs in developing countries:
- Meeting Social and Behavioral Needs
- Developing Local Markets
- Improving Technology Design and Performance, and
- Monitoring Impacts of Interventions
See "EPA Study Advances Clean Cookstove Technology: Findings Help to Address Global Health Problem and Environment" at http://www.epa.gov/research/htm/cookstove.htm