Efficient Cookstoves in Uganda
Almost 3 billion people in the world cook daily over an open fire or on not efficient cookstoves. The charcoal or wood that is used releases toxins, smoke and greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane, both of which are responsible for climate change. Almost 2 million people die annually from sicknesses that are caused by breathing in smoke in their houses. Looking for wood, inefficient cooking and health problems take away from other household tasks, work outside the house and/or raising children. Children need to help out in the house instead of going to school.¹
In Uganda, 94%² of rural households cook over an open fire; in urban areas they cook on inefficient cookstoves. This leads to a lot of deforestation and climate change. Deforestation means that the soil loses the ability to retain water, which causes erosion. This has a negative effect on agriculture. Poor families in Uganda spend up to 15% of their income on charcoal or wood. Searching for wood themselves costs about 6 hours per day, time that cannot be spent on paid work. All of these factors make the poverty in Uganda worse.³
The Uganda Cookstove Project
This project has the goal of fighting climate change and helping improve the lives of the local people. In cooperation with locals, efficient cookstoves have been developed and made accessible to the poorest households. The production and sale of these stoves takes place all over Uganda. The project now supports a large network of local entrepreneurs in setting up a sustainable supply chain and increasing profits. There are regular marketing campaigns carried out to create awareness and stimulate demand for the efficient cookstoves. Income from the sale of CO2 credits is invested in the project to upscale it and give more people access to the stoves.
Climate Neutral Group is working with the cookstove project by investing in the front end of this exciting initiative (the production of cookstoves). This makes it possible to implement the business plan and achieve the planned goals. We are proud of this Gold Standard project. It is one of the socially responsible projects that you can invest in to offset your impact on the climate.
¹ WHO ² Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2010 ³ Godfrey et al, 2009
Factsheet Efficient Cookstoves in Uganda >>
Climate and the environment
- > 500,000 tonnes CO2 reduction per year
- > 140,000 tonnes of charcoal per year saved
- 80% less unhealthy smoke in houses
- Less air pollution
- 240,000 cookstoves sold to Ugandan households (by the end of 2014)
- $110 saved in fuel costs per family per year
- 5 million people helped with lower fuel costs
- 900 retailers spread throughout Uganda have been able to raise their income through the sale of efficient charcoal stoves at local markets.
- 230 Ugandans are working at the stove factories
Social and health
- Lowered risks of pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer
- Cooking a meal is no longer comparable to smoking 40 cigarettes per day
- More time to spend with the family, at work or at school