Progress report of UN Women about the SDG’s

The report, a compact overview of the SDG progress for women and girls in developing countries, has been published at the end of 2020; thé year in which the COVID-19 pandemic reveals and exacerbates fault lines of inequality.  Climate Neutral Group wants to make you attent at page 13 of this report: the enormous problem of air pollution caused by cooking in a large part of the world. The lack of clean cooking fuels and technology, which leads to the use of polluting fuels, contributes to climate change. It is also a major health hazard affecting mostly women and girls, and diminishes their ability to engage in productive activities. Globally, around 3 billion people cook using polluting open fires or simple stoves fuelled by kerosene, biomass or coal. This includes 8 in 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 6 in 10 people in Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and Central and Southern Asia.

Since women and girls perform the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work within the home, they risk significant exposure to harmful household air pollution, which in 2016 accounted for 1.8 million female premature deaths. Over two thirds of such deaths occurred in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia (37.6 per cent) and Central and Southern Asia (36.5 per cent), with an additional 20.8 per cent of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. Women exposed to high levels of indoor smoke are more than twice as likely to suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than women who use cleaner fuels and technologies. Read the full report here.

Our Clean Cooking solutions

In our portfolio of projects for offsetting we offer several clean(er) cooking solutions:

  • Diverse Biogas projects in Africa and Asia for small farmers. Some cattle can help farmers with land for growing vegetables, fruits or plantations for coffee, tea an cocoa means the step to clean cooking – see for example Biogas in Uganda or in Cambodia.
  • Solar Cooking in Chad in camps for refugees
  • Wonderbag in South Africa. Choosing for this slow cooking solution, can decrease the indoor airpollution seriously.
  • Efficiënt cookstoves – isn’t clean cooking yet, but means 40-60% less indoor pollution, but is an important and affordable step forward for women living at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP).  Helps them towards better health, income, jobs and clean fuels in the future. ‘Climbing the energyladder’

Source: Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals – the Gender Snapshot



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