by philip.mann@eci.ox.ac.uk

Issue: 54

Journal section: Editorial
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Received: 2010-08-09


This issue of Boiling Point comes at a highly opportune moment, bringing together the very local issue of household energy with the global matter of climate change. Currently climate change is rarely out of the news, with the recent IPCC 4th Assessment Report stressing the urgent need for action and the likely future impacts of climate change. Addressing the issue of clean cooking in developing countries, while much less high profile, is now recognized to be essential if the MDGs are to be achieved. What has been less well recognized, until recently, is the prospect that climate change finance could make a tangible difference to improving the domestic cooking situation of the 2 billion plus people relying on traditional biomass. While the voluntary market has blazed a trail in this area for some time, there is now the additional prospect of support from the compliance market through the Clean Development Mechanism – or CDM.

The main driver for cooking programmes to date has been health and forest conservation. However, as most improved cooking stoves and alternative fuels can offer significantly reduced GHG emissions, the potential for carbon funding to transform the sector is considerable. This is an area where the goals of development and climate mitigation overlap and improved cooking stoves could benefit from carbon finance on a large scale. Some of the barriers existing just 12 months ago are now being tackled, as is evident from the articles within this issue of Boiling Point.

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