The Ghana Cookstove Project

Firewood and charcoal meet approximately 75% of Ghana’s fuel requirements. The vast majority of urban households in Ghana use charcoal. Among these are two of the biggest cities, Accra and Kumasi, which are alone responsible for almost 60% of national charcoal consumption. The project activity consists of selling around 240,000 efficient cookstoves. In comparison to traditional charcoal ovens, these new models reduce fuel use by 35-50%. With one of these stoves, a single household could save on average 300kg of charcoal annually.

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Key Facts

Project type:
Energy efficiency
Project standard:
Gold Standard
Project start date:
November 2007

Total emission reductions:
167,000t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Good health and well-being: The improved cookstoves reduce the levels of smoke in households, thus improving respiratory health, eyesight and also reducing child stunting. Furthermore, less than 10% of rural inhabitants have access to adequate sanitation facilities. With the new cookstoves, households can boil water to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases.

Gender equality: The task of collecting firewood is often left to women which, alongside the task of cooking on inefficient stoves, is time-consuming. The new stoves will improve female health and provide more free time, allowing women to take part in alternative activities such as education and work.

Affordable and clean energy: The more efficient stoves reduce the use of fuelwood making cooking a cheaper activity. This allows households to save finances which are essential for their livelihood and development. Furthermore, the stoves are a cleaner than the tradition charcoal ovens, thus reducing emissions.

Decent work and economic growth: The project employs local people to produce and disseminate the stoves. With many people in Ghana dependent on agriculture, this provides an opportunity for locals to find alternative income.

Climate action: The reduction of carbon emissions from deforestation and the burning or wood will actively contribute towards climate change mitigation.

Life on land: By being more efficient, the new cookstoves will reduce the overall use of wood. This will slow deforestation to a more manageable rate allowing for forest and habitats recovery and protection.