Key Messages

The optimal approach to decarbonise cooking is to start using a clean and low-carbon fuel. It is essential to ensure that the shift to modern, clean cooking fuels and the use of energy-efficient technologies go hand-in-hand. Transition to electricity-based cookstoves will offer similar or higher decarbonisation outcomes and lower the risks on energy security.

This briefing paper is part of GHG Platform India, comprising Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP); Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW); Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia (ICLEI); SHAKTI Sustainable Energy Foundation; and Vasudha Foundation; and World Resources Institute - India.


  • Higher emission intensity of energy (tCO2/MJ) for cooking sector by 2030 (w.r.t. 2010 levels).
  • Affordability and accessibility of LPG are still a concern, especially among the rural poor.
  • Cleaner grid with higher mix of renewables will help decarbonise electricity-based cooking.


Decarbonising the Cooking Sector