Clean Cooking Will Save Lives

Nigeria faces a household energy crisis. Approximately 127 million people and more than 24 million families cook inefficiently with open fire in Nigeria. Only one in ten households in Nigeria cook with clean cooking energy sources and technologies, such as electricity, LPG, biofuel, or improved biomass stoves. 

Traditional open fire cooking is a silent killer – causing over 77,000 deaths in Nigeria annually. It places a financial burden on some of Nigeria’s poorest families – denying them money that could be spent on education, health and other important household needs. Cooking with firewood in open fire also contributes to the loss of nearly 400,000 hectares of forests annually, while emissions from residential cooking represent about 55 million metric tonnes of CO2e and about 700,000 metric tonnes of harmful PM2.5 emissions. This constitutes a significant proportion of Nigeria’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and its abatement represents a key national strategy in meeting the commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. 

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Clean cooking will save lives, empower women, improve livelihood and combat climate change.  It is a priority area in energy access that is central in achieving the goals of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative,
8-point agenda of Mr. President and Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan.  Nigeria has pledged to provide access to cooking gas for 28.8 million households and improved biomass cookstoves for 7.3million, representing 48% and 13% respectively by 2030. This will save over 30,000 lives per annum, build a domestic clean cooking industry and create new jobs, reduce deforestation, assist the government in meeting its climate change commitments, meet its pledge to reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) and improve the lives of women.  To achieve this clean cooking target and strengthen the regulatory framework for clean 
cooking, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Environment led the development, approval and launch of a National Clean Cooking Policy. The National Clean Cooking Policy was developed on the basis of solid evidence through economic research, including modelling of future scenarios for expanding access, and its impacts on health and environment.

Therefore, to achieve universal access to clean cooking energy solutions for households and institutions by 2030, we must radically transform our current approaches. We must work collectively across the entire clean cooking ecosystem to prioritize inclusion in clean cooking, promote innovations, unlock investment and create robust clean cooking markets and deliver affordable solutions to even the most vulnerable and hardest to reach communities.

The Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum is an important, annual gathering of stakeholders working to accelerate the production, dissemination, and use of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels. Making these solutions work will require a coordinated approach across the entire clean cooking sector, with a role for every actor – governments, donors, finance institutions, the private sector, civil society and media.




The Forum will take stock of current status of clean cooking activities in the country. It will discuss how to promote innovations, unlock investment, empower communities and advance implementation of the National Clean Cooking Policy, among others.



The two-day Forum brings together key policymakers, private sector leaders, research institutions, civil society stakeholders, users of clean cookstoves/fuel, media and international partners to discuss the prioritization of inclusion in clean cooking towards sustainable energy transition. About 200 participants are expected at the Forum including Persons with Disabilities. The participation of relevant state MDAs and state governors is also expected.  The invaluable role of governors as champions of environmental protection and poverty alleviation is being recognised in this context. 



Exhibition of clean cooking technologies and fuels will take place concurrently with discussions during the Forum. B2B networking opportunities will also be promoted as the Forum organizers will provide support for the development of partnerships between key stakeholders.