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Energy Efficient Cook Stoves

Nepal is a poor developing country where food preparation and boiling of water usually takes place inside small rooms without ventilation, over open flames and by using charcoal or wood.
This leads to major health problems, premature death and in the end deforestation locally whith increased emissions of CO2.

The project we offer is approved both by the Swiss, renowned Gold Standard Foundation and the UN (CDM project 9811). It is being developed as an activity program under the Clean Development Mechanism. The program which is run in close collaboration with local organizations aims to equip at least 150,000 families with energy-efficient and clean-burning stoves.

The stoves that are currently most used by households in rural areas are homemade and not at all clean-burning. In Nepal, smoke filled kitchens exposed to toxic wastes and gases are common, and the ovens have an average efficiency of only 10%.

The project was originally launched in three districts west in Nepal in July 2012. After the government’s wishes, the project was extended to four additional districts in the same region in 2013. The area was selected on the basis of the very limited supply of energy, where close to 100% of households were dependent on firewood for cooking and heating.

By offering improved cook stoves it was possible to make a big difference. It contributes to creating better health, local jobs and reducing deforestation. By using more energy efficient cook stoves, the project reduces emissions by approximately 41,500 ton CO2 equivalents annually.