Microenergy credits for sustainable energy products

With this project, efficient cookstoves and solar lamps are replacing wood fires and kerosene lamps in India. This not only saves CO2 emissions, but also reduces health risks, especially for women and children who spend a lot of time at home.

Many local people do not have access to clean energy. They must resort to products that seriously impact health and the environment: cooking is done over open fires, which produces harmful smoke indoors. Light is often provided by kerosene lamps, which increase the risk of fires and injuries. The lamps require kerosene as a fuel, and the open fires a high use of wood, resulting in CO2 emissions.

By awarding Microenergy Credits (MECs) to small businesses, families and households can afford improved cookstoves and solar lamps.

How Microenergy Credits (MECs) projects contribute to climate action

Microenergy Credits projects grant small loans and enable families in India to afford energy-efficient products such as improved cookstoves, solar lights, and water filters.

The projects incorporate one or more of these technologies and go even beyond climate action: Improved cookstoves make better use of the energy supplied and reduce the smoke produced when cooking over an open fire. A similar problem exists when households do not have access to clean drinking water, as the water must be boiled over an open fire first before it can be used without hesitation. Remedies include for example water filters, or access to groundwater from wells. In addition, solar lights help to illuminate the rooms and replace kerosene lamps, which are a frequent cause of fire accidents. MEC projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No PovertyThe project activities will facilitate access to sustainable energy products for households in India.
Good Health and Well-BeingThanks to the improved cookstoves, the air quality in households improves, as there is much less smoke pollution.
Gender EqualityWomen in particular are relieved by the project, as less time has to be scheduled for cooking and collecting fuel.
Affordable and Clean EnergyDuring the project lifetime, approximately 18,000 efficient cookstoves and 2.5 million solar lamps will be sold at affordable prices by local small businesses.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthThe project is estimated to create 20 jobs.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 867,980 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyImproved cookstoves + solar lamps (MEC)RegionCountrywide, IndiaEstimated annual emission reductions867,980 t CO2Validated byEarthood Services Private LimitedVerified byEarthood Services Private Limited