This project makes and distributes cookstoves that reduce charcoal or wood use for cooking by over 50%. It cuts carbon emissions and deforestation while providing life-changing health benefits and cost savings to local families.
What it does
We all cook, every day. Imagine if cooking ate up 20% of your income, deforested your country, and emitted toxic smoke into your family home. This simple, locally produced cookstove solves these world size problems and reduces tonnes of carbon emissions. It’s no wonder that awareness of the new stoves is sweeping across Uganda and demand for the stoves is at sell-out levels. Through this project we want to provide Ugandans with all the stoves they are clamoring for. Bottom Line: Support this project to help more families in Uganda get access to the improved cookstoves they want and need, and help our planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
How it works
90% of Ugandans burn wood or charcoal in an open fire that emits more heat to the air than it does to their cookpots. The Uga stove reduces the use of wood or charcoal by 50% because it burns the fuel thoroughly and efficiently and concentrates the heat from the fire directly to the cooking surface where it matters most. Less fuel burned used equals less greenhouse gas and toxic smoke emitted.
At scale, the dissemination of thousands of stoves from this project helps forests. Less fuel means fewer trees are cut for wood and less charcoal is produced. Charcoal production does great harm to the environment requiring large logs and felled trees to be burned in mounds of earth for long periods of time.
- Over 1 million tonnes of carbon are being reduced annually and the project is poised to expand
- Each new stove reduces charcoal and wood consumption by 50 percent
- Families save around $110 per year—20 percent of their annual income—by reduced fuel consumption
- The use of 100,000 tonnes of charcoal is avoided each year. This eases deforestation of Uganda’s forests and reduces greenhouse emissions created during the production of charcoal
- Creates jobs and income in an impoverished area
- Significant investment is needed to develop stove manufacturing skills and to continue to expand popular awareness
- Most families cannot afford to purchase a stove without carbon financing to bring down the cost and make the technology economically accessible to all
- The project’s ultraconservative methodology of not counting second stoves in households, while highly protective of supporters, means less money for the project
Who it helps
By reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving forests, this project benefits everyone, globally. The dissemination of thousands of stoves from this project helps forests. Less fuel means fewer trees are cut for wood and less charcoal is produced. Charcoal production does great harm to the environment requiring large logs and felled trees to be burned in mounds of earth for long periods of time. But the story goes much deeper. By supporting this project you give local families limited by traditional ways a cleaner, healthier life.
Really? A Stove Can Change Lives?
Yes it can. In a society where women must often work every waking hour of the day, and where household budgets are just adequate for survival, any cost or time savings are huge. An improved cookstove can free up to 5 or more hours of a woman’s day from wood collection, or save 20% of family income by reduced fuel costs. Read how one enterprising woman, Harriet, used the new cookstove to find a better way ahead for herself and her family.
Why we chose this project
The scale of stove distribution and successful usage, integrated with carbon finance, is very well demonstrated in this project. The project has distributed a large number of stoves in a short time and the audited financial reports clearly account for the sales of carbon credits. This sustained creditworthiness is very likely to attract many more partners in the future. A remarkable feature of this project is the quality of stoves manufactured locally—the stoves continue to work in excellent condition even after eight years of continuous operation.
-Sid Yadav, CEO Global Offset Research
Better living through cleaner cooking
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How we select our projects
We go the extra mile, or kilometer, make sure each project’s carbon-cutting is effective, and the use of funds is efficient.