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Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Rachel Kyte, Tata Trusts talk clean cooking at global forum

MediaInfoline October 26, 2017
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Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stressed the importance of clean cooking when he headlined the second day of the Clean Cooking Forum 2017, the world’s largest gathering on clean cooking and household air pollution.

In addition to the Minister’s talk, highlights included Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves CEO Radha Muthiah and a musical performance from Grammy nominated musician and clean cooking champion Rocky Dawuni.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan:

  • “The Clean Cooking Forum is a unique gathering of distinguished guests working in clean cooking, an area of immense concern to the government of India. The Forum is providing opportunities to forge strong partnerships and initiate clean cooking efforts in India and around the world.”
  • “India has taken the lead in providing clean cooking solutions to rural masses through PMUY, a unique program that is the biggest of its kind in the world. We have already provided more than 30 million connections, greatly impacted rural livelihoods, and we’ve made immense impact on health and livelihoods.
  • “PMUY is likely to result in the additional employment of 100,000 people and provide business opportunities to at least 10,000 more.”
  • “We must drive innovation in cooking areas to find clean cooking solutions, and we must include women in the process of designing products.”

Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All

  • “Clean cooking is an essential part of the energy transition. And that energy transition is at the heart of the jobs, manufacturing, water services, agribusiness, health, education, all of which are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • “I don’t believe this is the time for incremental solutions in this country or that country. 3 billion people can be seen either as a development problem or as an extraordinary opportunity of wealth creation. It can be seen as a problem, or as “big market”.

Radha Muthiah, CEO, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

  • India is a fitting example of what is possible when government policies move from the computer screen to the assembly line and into the family kitchen.

Manoj Kumar, Tata Trusts, Head of Innovation

  • “Within our partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, we see ourselves as the ecosystem builder. We are building a Tata Trusts smart energy incubator center where innovators can come into a physical lab and experiment with their ideas.”
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