Project details
1499 · Improved cookstoves
  • Maharashtra, India
Cookstoves improve health and reduce wood consumption

In the villages of Maharashtra, a state in western India, 85 % of households still rely on traditional cookstoves. This cooking method requires lots of wood and causes high exposure to smoke indoors, which poses a health risk especially to women and children. The aim of this project is to facilitate cleaner cooking practices and improve health by providing improved cookstoves to indigenous households and families living below the poverty level in Maharashtra.

The portable cookstoves are made of cast iron and require less firewood, reduce indoor air pollution and CO2 emissions. Thousands of households are provided with an improved cookstove through the project activities. A decreasing demand for firewood helps to minimise deforestation and has a positive impact on the biodiversity in the area.

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-BeingSince the improved cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution, especially women and children who are mainly exposed to the smoke while cooking, benefit from better health.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 51,210 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandNeeding less wood for cooking will decrease deforestation which has a positive impact on soil erosion and biodiversity.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)TechnologyImproved cookstovesRegionMaharashtra, IndiaEstimated annual emission reductions51,217 t CO2Validated byTÜV SÜD South Asia Private LimitedVerified byTÜV SÜD South Asia Private Limited