Phasing Out Gas Cooking in Europe

With support from the European Climate Foundation (ECF), CLASP will work with partners across Europe to bring attention to the health hazards of cooking with gas and accelerate its phaseout.

40+ years of research links respiratory, mental, and other health risks to indoor gas stove pollution.

It’s Time to Get Rid of Gas Cookers

Across Europe, millions of people sit down to dinner prepared on gas hobs and ovens, completely unaware of the invisible air pollution surrounding them. Cooking with gas releases toxic pollutants – including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and ultrafine particles – into the air, putting the health of those households at risk.

Like the emissions from a car exhaust pipe, breathing the pollution from burning fossil gas in your kitchen will have a negative impact on your family. Forty years of research have shown that the air pollution from using gas cooking appliances can cause respiratory diseases like asthma. Children and low-income communities face the greatest risk of negative health effects.

The active review of the domestic cooking appliances Ecodesign and Energy Labelling regulations in the EU and the UK offers an opportunity to eliminate the health risks from burning fossil gas in kitchens across all of Europe. These updated policies that take new gas cooking appliances off of shelves can be further accelerated with the phase-out of existing stock through additional national and local policies.

It is time to seize the moment and transition toward clean, electric cooking technologies like hot plates and induction.

CLASP is partnering with organizations, advocates and experts from across sectors to raise awareness of the consequences of gas cooking and develop a robust evidence base in favor of a clean cooking policy in the EU and UK.

Now, a growing network of civil society and environmental organizations is calling on governments in London, Brussels, and across the EU to take policy action to protect communities from the hazards of gas cooking.

Learn More About Our Work

Want to learn more about what CLASP is doing to raise awareness and impact policy processes relevant to gas cooking? Check out these resources, with many more to come:

Get Involved

To keep up to date with new research and join health and air quality experts in phasing out gas cooking in Europe, follow our @CLASP_Europe Twitter & use the hashtag #CookCleanerEurope.

Please contact Hannah Blair at hblair@clasp.ngo or Alexia Ross at aross@clasp.ngo for more information on how to become a partner.

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