The project “Distributing cleaner cookstoves in Kenya” aims to distribute fuel-efficient cookstoves to communities in Kenya, where 9 million people rely on biomass for cooking. These stoves reduce charcoal consumption by 64%, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and eases the impact on local forests. Additionally, they reduce indoor air pollution by 65%, which generates health benefits for the families who rely on them. Over the lifetime of this project, over 380,000 cookstoves will be distributed, avoiding 4.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and reducing demand for wood fuel by 2.4 million tonnes. The manufacture and distribution of the stoves all takes place locally in a solar-powered facility, which provides over a thousand jobs for local people.
This project is verified by the Gold Standard, and it aligns with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, ensuring healthy lives, promoting gender equality, and taking urgent action to combat climate change. Improved clean cookstoves can address the pollution from burning wood or biomass in traditional stoves. Traditional cooking practices also produce 2 to 5 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Using various technologies, improved cookstoves reduce emissions and protect human health. The project is an example of collective action, and as an Ecologi member, one’s money goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.