China, Alliance sign MoU
While China is undertaking rapid urbanization, hundreds of millions of rural poor still lack of access to efficient, environmental-friendly, affordable and sustainable cooking and heating solutions. Seventy percent of Chinese rural households, or approximately 500 million people, still rely on solid fuels such as firewood and charcoal for cooking; Household air pollution (HAP) caused more than 1 million deaths each year, with about 1 billion people impacted by exposure to HAP, according the new Global Burden of Disease study. Explicit provisions of promoting the adoption of cleaner cookstoves and fuels have been codified in China’s current Five-Year Plan. With this partnership, China and the Alliance will address some of these issues together and bring significant health, climate and gender benefits to rural households in China.