An official website of the United States government.

This is not the current EPA website. To navigate to the current EPA website, please go to This website is historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2021. This website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work. More information »

Webinar: Five Years of Progress in Household Energy Research and Future Directions

Date and Time

Tuesday 09/22/2020 9:00AM to 11:00AM EDT
Add to Calendar


Decorative banner with webinar name and a log fire

Register for the free webinarExit

September 22, 2020
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT, USA

This webinar will summarize and synthesize research progress between 2015-2020 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and grantees of the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program to address the global public health and environmental impacts from the burning of solid fuels (wood, charcoal, coal, dung, crop residues, and other biomass) used for meeting basic household energy needs for cooking, heating, and lighting.

Nearly three billion people depend on the combustion of solid fuels for household energy needs. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices using open fires or rudimentary stoves causes 3 to 4 million premature deaths annually and a wide range of illnesses. In the U.S., approximately a half million people, mostly in low income areas, are directly affected by household air pollution from the burning of solid fuels. Worldwide emissions contribute to increases in air pollutants that circulate the globe.

EPA has partnered with the Clean Cooking Alliance, other U.S. government agencies, university researchers, and many international partners to conduct research to better understand potential benefits of interventions, develop international standards for cookstoves, evaluate the performance of cookstoves to encourage the development of sustainable technologies, and improve understanding of the impacts to public health and the environment, among other objectives.

Researchers will share the results of their research and perspectives on the continued challenges to address household energy pollution and future research needs. 

Agenda & Speakers

Welcome and Introduction

Bryan Hubbell, Director, Air and Energy National Research Program, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development

What Have We Learned Over the Last Five Years?

EPA STAR Program Grantee Research—Terry Keating, EPA Senior Scientist

Emissions and Fuel Efficiency—Jim Jetter , EPA Principal Investigator

Field Research and Capacity Building—John Mitchell, EPA Household Energy and Clean Air Leader

Health Effects Impacts—Jan Dye, EPA Principal Investigator

Chemistry of Emissions—Mike Hays, EPA Principal Investigator

Ongoing Research at EPA—Wyatt Champion, EPA/ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Priorities for Future Household Energy Research

Reflections from STAR Grantees:

Tami Bond, Principal Investigator, Colorado State University

John Volckens , Principal Investigator, Colorado State University

Michael Hannigan, Principal Investigator, University of Colorado at Boulder

Jill Baumgartner, Principal Investigator, McGill University

Robert Bailis , Principal Investigator, Stockholm Environment Institute

Ajay Pillarisetti , Principal Investigator, Emory University

EPA Perspectives:

Terry Keating and John Mitchell

Discussion and Q&A

Submit questions when you register and during the webinar!

Register here: Exit


Event Type