Clean air thanks to efficient cookstoves

This cookstove project in Raichur makes everyday life easier for many smallholder families. In rural India, many people live in the simplest of conditions. For cooking, they usually use wood fires in simple stoves, from which much of the heat escapes, wasting a lot of energy and resources. In addition, the smoke significantly pollutes indoor air quality.

What sounds troublesome from a prosperity perspective has serious consequences for people: Respiratory diseases are a serious threat, and children and women are particularly affected. They are also the ones who spend many hours every day to procure the necessary wood. That is why the efficient "Chulika Stoves", which are distributed as part of the project, help women in Raichur in particular. Since the stoves consume 67.5 percent less fuel, they can save long distances as well as money on fuel.

The project is the first climate project for Germany to be certified with the Fairtrade Climate Standard. From the Faitrade Climate Standard, the community also receives a premium that they can use to adapt to increasingly extreme conditions caused by climate change.

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)
Good Health and Well-BeingImproved indoor air quality means less respiratory diseases and eye infections; accidents from cooking on open fire are reduced.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 43,210 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandThe project helps protect local forests due to reduced demand for firewood
Project standardFairtrade Carbon Credits TechnologyImproved cookstovesRegionRaichur, IndiaEstimated annual emission reductions43,215 t CO2Verified byTÜV Rheinland (China) Ltd.