December 16, 2021

Congressman Neguse Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Improve Global Health, Economic, and Environmental Wellbeing Through Clean Cooking

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse introduced the Clean Cooking Support Act,bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would address the health, environmental, and economic problems caused by exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires. The Clean Cooking Support Act reinforces the U.S. government’s commitment to spurring the adoption of clean cookstoves around the world and seeks to take a whole-of-government approach to address household air pollution.

Cooking over open fires or inefficient stoves typically entails burning fuels (such as wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene) that release harmful, climate-warming emissions. Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels, therefore, have the potential to reduce deaths from smoke-related illnesses, mitigate climate change, and lower household air pollution. In addition, clean cooking can ease the health problems and economic burdens that disproportionately impact women and girls worldwide, who are largely responsible for daily cooking responsibilities. 

“At COP26, the United States made a commitment to advance global climate solutions and work with our international partners to reduce emissions and build a brighter future. Taking a whole-of-government approach to advance clean cooking is a common-sense step in this effort to reduce emissions worldwide and support individuals across the globe in need of humanitarian assistance,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “With the Clean Cooking Support Act, we can address the health and environmental challenges brought by unsafe cookstoves and fuels, support women and girls globally and work to tackle the climate crisis by addressing a root pollution cause.”

“We need climate solutions that not only reduce harmful emissions, but also help address health, economic, and gender inequities,” said Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer of Clean Cooking Alliance.  “This transition cannot happen without significant increases in funding and dedicated resources.  We thank Congressman Neguse for his leadership on this important issue, and we look forward to working together to pass this legislation and help make universal access to clean cooking a reality.”

The Clean Cooking Support Act, led by Neguse in the House, is the companion to Senate legislation introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). The bill will expand access to clean cookstoves both in the United States and around the world, reducing household air pollution and exposure to smoke that can have serious health effects on humans as well as being harmful to the environment.

The legislation is supported by a diverse coalition of over 50 businesses, research institutions, government and advocacy organizations. View a full list here. 

Congressman Neguse has been a leading champion in the fight against the climate crisis and this bicameral and bipartisan piece of legislation will continue his work to advance sustainability and environmental safety.