Brief on e-cookbook launch

What you need to know:

On the 11th May 2022, in the Serena Kampala hotel, the Ugandan eCookbook was launched by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) programme, the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) and Energising Development Uganda in order to raise awareness that eCooking is the most time and cost effective method to cook typical Ugandan dishes.

Low access to clean cooking technologies remains a major barrier to Uganda’s socio-economic development1. Firewood and charcoal remain the main source of energy for cooking in Uganda, accounting for over 90% in the energy balance. The over dependency on firewood and charcoal for cooking is not only unsustainable but has negative impacts on the environment and on public health. 

To address these challenges, concerted efforts are necessary and efforts by Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS), Energising Development Uganda and Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) have focused on promoting energy efficient cooking appliances such as the Electric Pressure Cooker (EPC). 

Using an EPC is the most time and cost-effective device to cook with for many of the typical Ugandan dishes, compared to other fuels such as biomass, Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and other less efficient electric appliances such as hotplates. EPCs will play an instrumental role towards transitioning to modern energy cooking.

This eCookBook is a valuable tool for raising awareness of the benefits of adopting eCooking. It shows that electricity is affordable to cook with compared to other fuels if the highly efficient EPC is used. For example, it gives evidence that cooking beans and matooke on an EPC is half the cost compared to cooking those dishes on charcoal. And it is ten times cheaper to cook some dishes on an EPC compared to LPG. These are important cost savings which Ugandan cooks need to know.

It also tackles the misconception that popular Ugandan dishes don't taste as good when cooked on an EPC – an EPC can cook matooke, beans, stew and other dishes very well and at much lower cost than alternative fuels. The book provides new eCooks with starting recipes to get familiar with cooking in a timesaving, cost efficient, clean, and convenient way – suitable for modern times, and to address the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation. With full support and endorsement by the government, we are guaranteed a strong steppingstone to realising these challenges and a pathway to forging strategic interventions to reduce biomass demand.

For Uganda, to realise its goals of increasing access and consumption of clean energy, it will be fundamental that the country adopts modern cooking technologies such as e-cooking to increase the share of clean energy used for cooking. This is only possible if a unified approach is taken up by key market players including, the political partners through the ministry of energy and mineral development, regulatory authorities, sector coordinating bodies and key market players from the private sector. Therefore, continuous engagements and awareness campaigns such as the eCookBook Launch is very fundamental and will go a long way in supporting the development of better framework conditions for the development of e-cooking in Uganda.
Article by:

1.    Solomon Atepo -Technical Advisor E-Cooking- Energising Development Uganda.
2.    Dr. Anna Clement – Link Research- Modern Energy Cooking Services.


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