CLASP Europe Kicks Off Project to Phase Out Gas Cooking
Gas cookers release toxic pollutants – such as CO, NO2 and ultrafine particles – into homes across Europe every day, putting the health of people and the planet at risk. Research shows that children and low-income communities face an elevated risk of negative health impacts, such as increased likelihood to develop respiratory issues like asthma.
“I think of this like a tailpipe in your kitchen – you are burning fossil fuel and combusting it directly in your home – often without ventilation,” said CLASP Senior Advisor Michael Scholand at the International Conference on Indoor Air Quality in June. “40 years of research have shown there is strong correlation between health and respiratory disorders, and indoor air pollution from gas stoves.”
With the advent of cleaner, more efficient cooking technologies like induction cookers, now is the time to take the tailpipe out of EU and UK homes.
With support from the European Climate Foundation (ECF), CLASP launched a new project to accelerate the transition to clean cooking in the region. Our team will collaborate with partners and policymakers to develop an EU and UK specific evidence base on the health effects of gas cooking appliances, initiate discussions on policy solutions, and raise public awareness on the health and climate impacts of cooking with gas.
To keep up to date with new research and join the conversation on phasing out gas cooking in Europe, follow our @CLASP_Europe Twitter account and use the hashtag #CookCleanerEurope.