80% of the rural population in Cambodia does not have access to clean cooking (ESMAP, 2017). Most rural Cambodians cook with wood (77%) and 6% cook with charcoal, spending approximately 1.5 hours a day on cooking. Cooking on traditional biomass stoves not only contributes to deforestation, local natural resource degradation and increased greenhouse gas emissions, but also has severe negative impacts on health through the smoke that pollutes households and the ambient air.
Since July 2021, International Development Enterprise (iDE) Cambodia, in partnership with Nexus for Development, received the mandate from the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) to scale pilots to accelerate the uptake of efficient electric cooking appliances to mitigate climate impacts through avoided deforestation and reduced emissions.
The project builds on iDE Innovation Labs previous pilots involving market testing of a range of electric cooking products, marketing and behavior change approaches, and Nexus for Development expertise in carbon project development and financial mechanisms.
In this capacity, Nexus will qualify and quantify the accompanying positive climate benefits through avoided deforestation and reduced emissions and identify financing mechanism(s) to incentivize the transition to electric cooking in Cambodia.