Seminar: Determinants of household cooking energy choices

May 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, 1601 East-West Road, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125 (3rd floor)

Around 3 billion people cook and heat their homes using polluting fuels (i.e. wood, coal, dung, kerosene) and inefficient technologies. Cooking and heating with polluting fuels and inefficient technologies produces high levels of household air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, around 4 million people, mainly women and children, die from exposure to household air pollution every year. This presentation will describe the results of two case studies from Viet Nam (based on the Agriculture and Forestry Census) and Nepal (based on the Labor Force Survey) that aim to understand what factors besides commonly used demand-side factors influence the choice of cooking fuels in households.

Dr. Sumeet Saksena is a Senior Fellow in the Research Program at East-West Center. He is also an Affiliated Graduate Faculty Member at the Department of Public Health, University of Hawaii. Until 2001 he worked at The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. His research interests include risk analysis, air pollution, impacts of urbanization, and perceptions of risks.

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Free, open to the public

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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