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"[Clean Cooking] Impacts multiple Sustainable Development Goals and must play a central role in our work to ensure the realization of human needs and fundamental rights."

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General-Designate of the United Nations


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


Our solution to some of these challenges is to make improved cookstoves affordable and accessible to Uganda’s population. These locally produced improved cook stoves use up to 50% less charcoal, cook food faster and can save households over $100 per year – which is a lot in Uganda! 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. They are sturdy and heavy, much safer for children and produce less smoke inside the home than traditional wood stoves would. By using less charcoal for cooking, these stoves put less strain on the environment with less trees needing to be cut down and less greenhouse gas emissions.

These improved stoves produce less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional cooking methods. These greenhouse gas (CO2) savings are carefully monitored across the project generating premium carbon credits certified under the Gold StandardTM.TM.

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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 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


Impact Carbon aims to kickstart a viable marketplace for more locally-produced improved cookstoves in Uganda. We support local manufactures of improved cookstoves to make better and more cost-effective stoves and scale their businesses. We’ve also helped our manufacturing partners market their stoves by building retail relationships across Uganda as well as with large scale demand generation activities such as national television and radio commercials. 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 these stoves.



    The revenue from carbon credit sales has allowed our manufacturing partners to produce and sell over 650,000 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.


    Since there are 5 people in the average Ugandan household, over 3.2+ million people are benefiting directly and indirectly with household fuel cost savings and faster cooking times.


    Collectively, Ugandans have saved over $370+ 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.


    To date, over 8.1 million tons CO2 avoided.


    These stoves have avoided the use of over 600,000 tons of charcoal. When you convert that into trees, we conservatively estimate this equates to over 21.7 million trees.


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