Energy Efficiency

Kenya Burn Stoves Project

LOCATION

Kenya

PROJECT TYPE

Energy Efficiency

STANDARD

Gold Standard

VERIFICATION/VALIDATION

To be determined

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

  • Mitigates global climate change
  • Reduces local air pollution such as SOx, NOx, and particulate matter
  • Reduces deforestation and forest degradation

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

  • Employment opportunities generated
  • Provides more efficient and cleaner cooking options
  • Promotes business and infrastructure development

The Burn Stoves Project provides communities with an efficient cookstove that benefits the environment and improves health. The stoves are manufactured at a solar powered factory in Nairobi, which employs 100+ people. It is important to note that 80% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from solid fuel. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cookstoves, leading to indoor air pollution causing respiratory disease, and contributing to global climate change. Cooking smoke {which most affects women and children} contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight. This said, the “stoves use 45% less charcoal – meaning families can recover the initial outlay within 2-3 months of purchase and then save up to $300 in fuel costs every year. Furthermore, this increased efficiency also cuts carbon emissions, speeds up cooking time and significantly improves health by reducing smoke emissions during cooking.

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