Efficient charcoal stoves in Uganda

One of our carbon offset projects in Africa is an efficient cookstove project in Uganda. This initiative drives down emissions, fosters better and fights poverty. This is necessary: almost 3 billion people in the world cook daily over an open fire or on simple wood and/or charcoal stoves. When burned, charcoal and wood release toxins, smoke and climate change-inducing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Almost two million people die annually from illnesses caused by inhaling smoke from cooking fires. Searching for wood, inefficient cooking and health problems take time away from finding work outside the house raising children. Finally, children are required to help out in the house at the expense of going to school and being young.

Background

In Uganda, 94% of rural households cook on an open fire whilst urban households tend to rely on inefficient charcoal stoves. These methods of cooking have a direct impact on deforestation and climate change. Deforestation is responsible for numerous issues such as soil losing its water retention capacity, which causes soil erosion leading to a negative impact on agriculture. Poor families in Uganda spend up to 15% of their income on charcoal or wood. Searching for wood can take approximately 6 hours per daytime that could be spent finding paid work. All of these factors contribute to the severity of the poverty situation in Uganda.

The solution

This initiative, as one of our carbon offset projects in Africa, aims to fight climate change and improve the lives of local people. In partnership with local communities, efficient charcoal stoves have been developed and made accessible to the poorest households. The production and sale of these stoves take place all over Uganda, where it is making a positive impact socially and environmentally through job creation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The project currently supports a large network of local entrepreneurs in setting up sustainable supply chains. Regular marketing campaigns are carried out to create awareness and stimulate demand for efficient charcoal stoves. Income from carbon credit sales is invested in the project to upscale it and give more people in the local communities access to the stoves.

Partnership

Climate Neutral Group is working with the charcoal stove project by investing in the production of charcoal stoves. We are proud of this Gold Standard project, 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

 
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Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Sustainability, sustainable business, social development, climate neutral group, business SDGs
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Sustainability, sustainable business, social development, climate neutral group, business SDGs
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Sustainability, sustainable business, social development, climate neutral group, business SDGs
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Sustainability, sustainable business, social development, climate neutral group, business SDGs
Benefits

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
Economic
  • 240,000 charcoal stoves 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