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2.8 billion people, predominantly in low-income countries, still rely on solid fuels (wood, dung, crop wastes, charcoal, coal, etc.) and traditional fires or simple stoves for cooking and heating.

1.2 billion light their homes with simple kerosene lamps and candles.

… causing exposure to high levels of household air pollution and negative health impacts, with women and children disproportionately affected.

Emissions from biomass fuelscontribute to 2-8% of anthropogenic climate impacts, including 20-30% of black carbon emissions

In many population-dense settings, use of fuelwood is a major driver of deforestation and forest degradation.

​With only 10 years left to reach Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for ensuring “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, including universal access to clean cooking, an estimated 2 billion people are in danger of being left behind.

Today, the second cycle of conferences “Pathways to Clean Cooking 2050” ended. The first edition began in the city of Morelia, Michoacán, in 2017, organized by the Cluster of Solid Biofuels.

This time, was held in The city of Wexford in Ireland, ending with the proposal “Change of paradigm, components of the new approach” of Dr. Omar Masera Cerutti, Technical Manager of the BCS Cluster. Also participating was Dr. Víctor Ruíz, leader of the Laboratory of Innovation and Evaluation in Life Sciences.

The conference ended with the participation of Andrew Revking, reporter of National Geographic and The New York Times, moderating the last session of the day.

If you want to know more about the results of this day, visit: http://www.pathways2cleancooking.info/wexford-2019.html

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