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"Many countries are at a critical juncture in determining what a sustainable, equitable, and appropriate energy transition looks like. Nepal’s commitment to clean cooking makes it a natural starting point for this kind of data-driven planning, but we anticipate that variations of the CCE could be useful to many other governments and private sector players as they consider countries’ unique energy needs.” - Donee Alexander, Chief Science and Learning Officer

A Clean Cooking Platform for Nepal

Once development is completed in 2022, the CCE will improve data-driven planning, coordination, and implementation for national-scale clean cooking transitions. The CCE will launch with data for Nepal, where CCA, WRI, and a wide range of partners have been engaged with the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC), the lead government agency promoting clean cooking in Nepal. AEPC is ensuring that the CCE meets the priorities of the Government of Nepal (GoN), providing development support (including assistance with data access and support coordination with key stakeholders) and facilitating with testing and disseminating the CCE among users.

”The Government of Nepal is deeply committed to achieving universal access to clean cooking by 2030,” said Madhusudhan Adhikari, Executive Director of AEPC. “Thanks to tools like the Clean Cooking Explorer, there will be an evidence-based path to accelerating a national transition to clean cooking in Nepal. We are looking forward to working with the team to ensure the CCE is relevant and effective for our clean cooking sector.“

As requested by the GoN, CCA is also developing a Country Action Plan for Transforming the Cookstoves and Fuels Market in Nepal. The CCE will be an important tool in implementing this plan.