Clean and efficient cook stoves are being promoted to reduce charcoal and firewood consumption. The Government has also developed a National Charcoal Strategy covering the period 2017 to 2027 aimed at providing guidance on sustainable use of charcoal while promoting alternative energy sources of cooking and heating to charcoal. A National Cook stove Steering Committee was set to see to it that the country target of 2 million households have access to clean cook stoves by 2020. The new target on the the clean and efficient cook stoves is 5 million by 2030.

The Department is promoting Biomass Briquette Technology through training in stove and briquette production. Under PAESP a total of 472 people were trained in the four cities namely Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba. Under the Poverty and Environment Initiative, the Department has trained a total of 345 briquette producers in Dedza, Balaka Ntcheu and Liwonde.