Solar Cookers International endorses 'Clean Cooking Support Act' legislation introduced in the United States Congress

11:43 AM on Aug 14, 2023


August 9, 2023 

Solar Cookers International (SCI) supports the advancement of clean cooking opportunities for the estimated 2.3 billion people around the world that rely on open fires or other polluting fuels to cook their meals. In support of this global objective, SCI joined the Clean Cooking Alliance and a coalition of over 30 other businesses, research institutions, and advocacy organizations to express support for the Clean Cooking Support Act introduced in the United States Congress, sponsored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). 

The bipartisan Clean Cooking Support Act aims to accelerate progress on expanded financing, research, market development, technological standards, and support for country-specific emission reduction plans to provide greater access to clean cooking for those who need it most. If passed, the bill would establish an Interagency Working Group led by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide greater coordination on scaling up clean cooking solutions, like solar cookers, to households and communities around the world. 

SCI advocates for solar cookers to be included as part of an integrated, climate-friendly approach to clean cooking that enables vulnerable households to be part of the ongoing global transition to renewable energy sources, ensuring no one is left behind and dependent on polluting fuels to cook their meals. SCI will continue working with like-minded organizations to address the critical need to accelerate access to clean cooking technologies while ensuring that solar cookers are a part of the solution. By passing the Clean Cooking Support Act, the United States can reaffirm its commitment to contributing to the urgent goal of access to clean cooking for all.

Click HERE to read the full text of the bill and track its progress.

For more information about the bill, click HERE to see a statement from Senator Collins’ office.