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IMPROVED COOKSTOVES
for social and environmental impact
IN UGANDA

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"Today we can finally envision a future in which open fires and dirty stoves are replaced by clean, efficient and affordable stoves and fuels all over the world. Clean stoves could be as transformative as bed nets or vaccines."

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THE CHALLENGE

  • Health

    Over 90% in Ugandans cook using wood or charcoal on open fires or on inefficient stoves. This inefficient cooking leads to dangerous smoke, indoors and outdoors, which poses serious health risks. The World Health Organization estimates that indoor air pollution causes more than 4 million deaths annually – more deaths than malaria.

  • Poverty

    Inefficient cooking exacerbates poverty in Uganda since households can spend up to 15% of household income on fuel or up to 7 hours a day on collecting fuel wood – time and money that could be better spent elsewhere.

  • Environment

    Charcoal production and fuel wood collection is leading to the depletion of Uganda’s forests, threatening its rich biodiversity. Inefficient cooking also causes black carbon emissions - 100 more potent than CO2 – which is contributing to climate change.

  • Locally appropriate and locally produced improved household cookstoves

  • Local manufacturer producing heat-trapping ceramic liners for the improved stoves.

  • Further heat insulating materials being packed inside an improved stove during production

  • Stoves are then covered in a protective metal liner before being painted and shipped

  • Improved stoves before being shipped to distributors

  • Improved stoves being sold by local retailers to end-buyers

  • End-user benefiting from less indoor smoke, improved cooking times and fuel cost savings of up to $100 per year

THE SOLUTION

The solution to this challenge is to make improved cookstoves affordable and accessible to Uganda’s population. These locally produced improved cook stoves use up to 50% less charcoal and cook food faster and save households $100 per year on average – which is a lot in Uganda! They are sturdy and heavy, much safer for children and produce less smoke inside the home. This is thanks to the stove’s design, which includes a thick ceramic liner that locks in heat and achieves the same temperatures using far less fuel. By using less charcoal and wood for cooking, these stoves put less strain on the environment with less trees needing to be cut down and less green house has emissions.

These improved stoves less greenhouse gas emission which are carefully monitored across the project generating premium carbon credits certified under the Gold StandardTM.

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  • Impact Carbon supports local manufacturers with marketing and technical assistance, helping them make more stoves with less resources, ultimately benefiting end-consumers

  • One of Impact Carbon’s manufacturing partners in Kampala supported by the project

  • One of Impact Carbon’s manufacturing partners in Kampala supported by the project

  • Providing marketing and branding support to our manufacturing partners, helping them better reach end-consumers.

  • Helping connect our manufacturers with nation-wide retailers at Uganda’s largestenergy tradeshow

  • Providing technical support in the manufacturing process to ensure better quality and more cost-effective stove production

  • Training retailers on the benefits of improved stoves, so they can better sell the products

  • Promoting and performing live demonstrations of the benefits of improved stoves to potential customers

  • Creating mass-awareness with paid prime-time radio campaigns to drive demand for improved stoves

  • Conducting consumer surveys and gaining insights on stove durability, fuel savings, health benefits and more

  • Measuring the fuel savings and calculating carbon emissions avoided by the project, which are third-party verified under the Gold Standards, generating premium quality carbon credits

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

Impact Carbon aims to to kick start a viable marketplace for more improved cookstoves in Uganda. We support local manufactures of improved cookstoves to make better stoves, more cost effectively. We also help our manufacturing partners market their stoves by building retail relationships across Uganda as well as with marketing and demand generation activities. These activities reduce the cost of the stoves to end-consumers and make them more widely affordable and accessible.
Our activities are 100% paid for by the sale of carbons credits generated by the these stoves and by donations.

IMPACTS TO DATE

  • 493 THOUSAND STOVES SOLD

    The revenue from carbon credit sales has allowed our manufacturing partners to produce and sell over 493,000 stoves since the project started 10 years ago. This is the largest project of it’s kind in East Africa and the world’s first cook stove project to achieve Gold Standard certification.

  • 2.46 MILLION PEOPLE BENEFITING

    Since there are 5 people in the average Ugandan household, over 2.46 million people are benefiting from less indoor smoke, fuel cost savings and faster cooking times.

  • $146 MILLION DOLLARS SAVED

    Collectively, Ugandans have saved over $146 million USD on fuel costs since the project’s start. This extra income has allowed households to spend on food, clothing, school fees, medical expenses and starting small businesses.

  • 3.16 MILLION tCO2 AVOIDED

    To date, over 3.16 million tons of carbon dioxide emission have been avoided by this project.

  • 8.5 MILLION TREES SAVED

    These stoves have avoided the use of over 562,000 tons of charcoal. When you convert that into trees, we conservatively estimate that is equal to over 8.5 million trees.

SEE MORE

Every month we profile stove end-users, entrepreneurs and many more who benefit from this project daily. Click SEE MORE to browse the IMPACT photo blog.

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