Efficient cook stoves, GhanaEfficient cook stoves, Ghana
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CategoryCategory Energy efficiency   CarbonCarbon
ca. ca. 150,000 tCO2e p.a.

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Efficient stoves in Ghana halve the fuel required for cooking and thus mitigates up to 850 kg of CO2 p.a. each. In addition to its carbon mitigation, this project creates jobs, provides social benefits to the local people, and preserves the local tree population.


Climate protection:


This project offers a clean, safe, and cost effective environmental friendly cook stove option for Ghanaian families.


Each cook stove requires only half the amount of wood and charcoal compared to an open fireplace, thereby mitigating approx. 850 kg CO2 per year. This amount equals a third of the CO2 emissions an average German car driver emits each year.


So far over 175,000 cook stoves have been produced and distributed locally, saving in total around 150,000 tons of CO2 each year.


Social and ecological benefit:


Nearly three billion people worldwide use open fires and rudimentary stoves for cooking. These unhealthy cook stoves emit harmful smoke and fine particulates that contribute to nearly two million deaths from respiratory illnesses per year, affecting predominantly women and children.


The health of the local population, thus drastically benefits from the use of efficient and clean cook stoves, which emit much fewer toxic emissions compared to open fireplaces.


Furthermore, inefficient cook stoves and fireplaces use more fuel, cost families more money and time in fuel collection, and contribute to deforestation.


The use of efficient cook stoves, requiring 50% less wood or charcoal thus also conserves the local tree population and the forest as an important habitat for animals and plants.


Using less fuel moreover results in significant savings at a household level. Time and money previously invested for gathering fuel can now be spent for example on food or education.


The local production, marketing and maintenance of the cook stoves additionally creates qualified jobs and fosters the sustainable economic in otherwise structurally weak regions.