Over 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean cooking facilities.
Instead, they have to rely on biomass like firewood, kerosene or coal. This is concerning because these are fuels with high carbon dioxide emissions and household air pollution, caused mainly by cooking smoke, which leads to around 2.5 million global premature deaths every year.
The figures are even worse in Sub-saharan Africa (SSA). Although Asia accounts for 60% of the global population without access to clean cooking fuels, much higher than SSA’s 38%, SSA is the only region where the number of people without clean cooking fuel continues to rise significantly.