Electrifying Cooking in Europe

CLASP is partnering with organizations, advocates and experts from across sectors to raise awareness on the benefits of electric cooking. This growing network is calling on governments to develop a robust evidence base in favor of clean cooking policies under Ecodesign through improved energy efficiency, and incentivize the widespread and equitable adoption of electric cooking appliances in the EU and the UK.

Key insights:

  • Electric cooking is cleaner and healthier, CLASP research shows gas cooking emits twice as much nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in homes, breaching World Health Organization guidelines.
  • Consumers care about the energy efficiency of their cooking appliances but lack the tools to effectively compare gas and electric options. CLASP is gathering evidence to demonstrate that electric stoves are more energy efficient than their gas counterparts.
  • In the longer term, cooking with electric appliances is more cost-effective…
  • Consumers generally perceive electric cooking as safer than gas despite lacking full awareness of the health risks associated with gas appliances.

Recommendations:

  • To protect public health, policymakers in the EU and the UK should take immediate action to reduce indoor air pollution related to gas cooking and accelerate the transition to electric cooking through incentives and by strengthening appliance standards.
  • Manufacturers and retailers should enable people to compare the performance and pollutant emissions of cooking appliances they make available on the market. They should also develop cooker hoods that adequately capture pollutants.
  • Civil society and healthcare professionals should raise awareness on the health risks of gas cooking appliances.
  • Individuals can limit their exposure to pollution from gas cooking appliances by using electric appliances and upgrading to cleaner electric stoves and ovens wherever possible.

Materials are available in Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Slovak, and Spanish at the bottom of the page. You may also find a Google Translate option for the webpage.

CLASP's Research on Gas Cooking and Pollution in European Homes

It’s Time to Electrify Cooking

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 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.

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Please contact clasp.europe@clasp.ngo for more information on how to become a partner.

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