Understanding the household cooking fuel transition

Torsten Schunder, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen

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Three billion people use biomass and other harmful cooking fuels (e.g., charcoal) worldwide. This poses a significant risk to health and deters human development. Policies have been implemented to promote the use of modern cooking fuels, but the outcomes have been uneven. The problem continues to affect the poor, especially in rural and remote areas, in disproportionate ways. While technological solutions exist, widespread adoption has been slow due to various barriers to transition at the household level. In this paper, we provide a review of the findings from studies on household cooking fuel transition to show the various factors that affect the process. We not only acknowledge the role of policy but also emphasize the need for understanding the mismatch between broader policy and local household response to policy surrounding cooking fuel use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12469
JournalGeography Compass
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • clean cooking fuel and technologies
  • cooking fuel
  • energy access
  • energy policy
  • households

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Atmospheric Science


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