The Uganda Cookstove Project

The purpose of the project is to encourage and support the dissemination of efficient cookstoves in Uganda. The cookstoves, which are specially designed for the project, are simple but durable and effective. In comparison to the traditional open fires, the new metal stoves enable users to reduce their fuel consumption by 35-50%. For the household, this means a significant saving of fuel costs. Through the increased combustion efficiency, using the cookstoves produces notably less pollution and therefore pose less risk to climate and health.

The cookstoves are produced and distributed locally, which creates regional added value, generates employment and provides income to the locals. With initial roots in the metropolitan region of Kampala, the project area is gradually being expanded and extended to more and more parts of the country. To date, more than 450,000 households have already benefitted from the new, efficient cookstoves.

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Key Facts

Kampala, Uganda
Project Type:
Energy efficiency
Project Standard:
Gold Standard
Project Start Date:
January 2006

Total Emission Reductions :
450,000t CO2 p.a.

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 emission of smoke emissions, which are damaging to human health and can cause numerous respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses as well as sight problems. The WHO estimates that smoke from open fires causes around 20,000 deaths in Uganda every year. Women and children in particular are vulnerable to the indoor pollution as they spend much of their time at home and around the fires.

Decent work and economic growth: The project supports the development, production and dissemination of energy efficient cookstoves, thus combining all the processing steps. The locals in the area benefit from around 230 jobs being created for the production of the stoves, as well as over 900 marketing-related positions, which secures vital income within the poorly-structured area.

Life on land: Only  8% of wood that is cut down in Uganda is through sustainable forestry. The efficient cookstoves sustainably reduce the need for the firewood and charcoal, therefore contributing to the protection of the forest’s ecosystem. As a result, the risk of soil erosion is prevented.