To contribute to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all in Asia and the Pacific according to SDG7 Target 7.1, our Work supports upgrading technology and improving policy mechanisms for supplying modern and sustainable energy service for all in Asia and the Pacific region.
Development of researches on the long-term socio-economic impacts of global programmes and policies to support clean cooking
Through the researches, capacity building activities and subregional and national policy recommendations have been provided. These are aimed to result in strengthening capacity of member States to successfully enable ensuing socio-economic benefits in line with SDGs.
Access to clean fuels and technologies
(Indicator 7.1.2: the proportion of population with primary reliance on clean fuels and technology)
It is essential to modernize energy services, support public health, reduce gender inequality, and mitigate environmental impacts, particularly the poorest segments of the population. The use of traditional biomass in the form of wood, charcoal, and dung in open fires or inefficient stoves for cooking and heating compromises indoor air quality.
Indoor smoke contains a variety of pollutants, with adverse health effects. To mitigate the adverse impacts, switching to clean cooking technologies and fuels, such as biogas, advanced biomass cookstoves, electricity, LPG and solar cooking, is necessary. However, the logistical challenges associated with achieving the goal make it more difficult than electrification and, hence, it is largely off track compared to the target.