Project details
1436 · Improved cookstoves
  • Countrywide, Zambia
Improved cookstoves - better for health and the environment

In Zambia, household air pollution is one of the biggest health risks. The reason for the pollution is often cooking over open fires. Only 17 percent of the population uses cookstoves, which is more efficient and better for human health and the climate. Therefore, this climate project distributes improved cookstoves in Zambia to households that use open wood fires as their energy source. In the process, local jobs will be created and approximately 45,000 households per year will have access to an improved cookstove.

The improved cookstoves burn biomass fuels more efficiently, reducing greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions. This saves approximately 429,490 tonnes of CO2 per year and significantly improves indoor air quality.

How improved cookstoves contribute to climate action

According to a statistic from the World Health Organization (WHO, 2022) around a third of the global population still relies on un­safe and environmentally harmful cooking methods. This includes, for example, cooking over open fires or using polluting cooking fuels, such as coal or kerosene. Improved cookstoves tackle this problem by using thermal energy more efficiently. Depending on the model, an improved cookstove can reduce fuel consumption by up to 70 percent, which significantly saves CO2 emissions and can lower the pressure on local forests as less firewood needs to be harvested.

Improved cookstove projects allow the distribution of the - often simple - devices made from metal or clay to households, small enterprises or community facilities. Especially for households, this has an impact beyond the CO2 reduction: better indoor air quality decreases respiratory diseases and families can save time and money as less fuel is needed. Improved cookstoves projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No PovertyBy distributing approximately 45,000 cookstoves per year, many households will have access to improved technology.
Good Health and Well-BeingHouseholds are relieved of health hazards due to the much lower smoke emissions from the cookstoves.
Gender EqualityEspecially women's everyday life is made easier, as time can be saved on cooking and collecting firewood.
Affordable and Clean EnergyHouseholds gain access to clean energy with the improved cookstoves.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthApproximately 30 people a year will find local employment through the project.
Responsible Consumption and ProductionApproximately 4.8 tonnes of firewood are saved annually by the improved cookstoves.
Climate ActionIn total, the project saves approximately 429,490 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyImproved cookstovesRegionCountrywide, ZambiaEstimated annual emission reductions429,495 t CO2Verified byCarbon Check (India) Private Ltd.Validated byEarthood Services Private Limited