What drives the transition to modern energy cooking services? a systematic review of the evidence

Some 4 billion people still cook with traditional polluting fuels and technologies. The adverse development impacts from households continued use of polluting stove-and-fuel combinations are significant. Transitioning this population to modern cooking services (MECS) - part of United Nation (UN) sustainable development goal 7 - remains a significant challenge. This report presents the findings of a systematic review of published evidence on demand- and supply-side drivers of and barriers to transitioning populations to MECS. The barriers and drivers identified include, but are not limited to, education levels and wealth status; peer influence and trust in stove information source; competition with existing fuels and technologies; and program design features, including technology, training, and after sales support. The report provides key recommendations for overcoming the challenges that inhibit large-scale transition to MECS: better focused programs that consider the socioeconomic realities of the target groups, such as financial mechanisms that address affordability constraints; incorporating measures that concurrently tackle existing stove technologies and current fuel use practices that programs aim to displace; and address awareness creation as a separate MECS intervention, with public sector investments on this component.