Households in Cambodia on average devote 18% of their monthly expenses on their household energy needs, more than food, water and transport combined. Addressing energy poverty by scaling up the availability of affordable and more efficient energy services is the key to improve social equity and sustainably achieve Cambodia’s development targets as stated by the Royal Government of Cambodia to have all villages in Cambodia have access to electricity services by 2020 and 70% of households access to quality electricity services by 2030.
Firewood remains the main source of cooking energy for all households, rich and poor, urban and rural. More than half the population use firewood for cooking. LPG gas features in usage followed by charcoal. On a national scale, firewood is still predominately used for cooking.