1449 · Improved cookstoves
  • Countrywide, Uganda
Safe and clean cookstoves for people across Uganda

In Uganda, the majority of the population does not have access to clean cooking facilities. As a result, many people cook over open fires using self-collected wood which stresses the environment as well as people’s health. Household pollution, largely consisting of cooking smoke, poses a great health risk in the area and fuelwood scarcity leads to forest degradation, and eventually deforestation.

This carbon offset project provides energy-efficient biomass cookstoves to communities all over the country. These improved cookstoves use considerably less fuel and therefore reduce the amount of air pollution and environmental degradation while saving greenhouse gas emissions.

By August 2021, 34,971 cookstoves have been distributed in multiple cities and provinces in Uganda. The nationwide project prevents about 119,840 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from being emitted.

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-BeingHealth risks to households are greatly reduced due to the much lower smoke emissions from the improved biomass cookstoves.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 119,840 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandHouseholds need to consume less firewood, which leads to the relief of local forests.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyImproved cookstovesRegionCountrywide, UgandaEstimated annual emission reductions119,845 t CO2Validated byEarthood Services Private LimitedVerified byEarthood Services Private Limited