Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Clean Cooking Sector (SEECCS) project completed Inception Phase and heralded the Phase of Implementation.
The Implementation Phase will focus on addressing issues related to standards, testing, policies and strategies, and establishment of an active forum - National Alliance for Clean Cooking.
The planning workshop brought participants from eight sectors to devise approaches to accelerate the implementation of the above listed activities.
A study conducted in the Inception Phase of Strengthening Enabling Environment for Clean Cooking (SEECCS) - Reviewing of the Existing Policies and Strategies Related to Clean Cooking Sector – states the “cookstoves sector has been plagued by disjointed operations, duplication of efforts and a complete lack of institutional coordination among government institutions”. During the validation workshop participants delegated SNV Ethiopia to push at higher level the idea for Ministry of Energy.
According to Samson Tolessa, GIZ-EnDev Deputy Director, the cookstoves sector is affected by lack of finance to develop the private sector, less developed value chain and business network, and lack of innovations.
In a country where 20 million households, having a cookstove/clean cooking project such as Strengthening Enabling Environment for Clean Cooking (SEECCS) which deals with enabling environment, promote innovation and capitalisation of the sector needs support. He assured that GIZ EnDev will work with SNV in the facilitating implementation as well as pushing issues at higher level.
Desta Abera, Director of Science and Technology Policy Research and Future Planning Directorate, Ministry of Science and Technology, in his opening address at the planning workshop proposed establishment of Science, Technology and Energy Council for mainstreaming clean cooking agenda properly.
SEECCS anticipates that the cookstove sector will contribute to develop a robust system to bring about public-private partnership and ultimately benefit the majority of Ethiopian poor families, particularly women and children who are suffering from indoor air pollution, perennial drudgery, deforestation and lately increasing climate change effects.
The project is implemented by SNV in partnership with Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) with the financial support from RVO (Dutch government).