SNV commissioned Fast-Track Carbon to undertake a study on baseline consumption of cooking charcoal and wood in Cambodia. Charcoal measurements were performed in 33 cities and wood consumption in 63 villages. The study implemented surveys in 2,072 Cambodian households. The surveys were implemented between June and August 2014 by the local firm Angkor Research Consulting.
It is important to note that the study was applied only in households where the primary cooking fuels are charcoal and wood. Thus, households cooking primarily with other fuels like LPG or electricity are excluded from the study. Nonetheless, it was found that many study households use LPG and electricity as secondary fuels as will be shown below.
This document presents some of the most relevant metrics obtained in the survey. For comparison purposes, the data is divided between wood users and charcoal users. These populations vary significantly not only in terms of fuel usage, but also in socio-economic characteristics. However, some aspects such as the types and frequency of meals cooked are similar, highlighting socio-economic aspects and urban-rural location are important cooking fuel choice determinants.