Improved cookstoves sold surpasses 600,000 mark
The Ugandan Cookstoves project of our long-term partner, Impact Carbon, has reached a new milestone: 600,000 energy-efficient cookstoves were distributed to local households as part of the project activities. As an exclusive marketing partner, First Climate is pleased with the success of the project.
Hitting the 600,000+ milestone shows the success of Impact Carbon’s Ugandan Cookstoves project, making this one of the most impactful emission reduction projects of its kind in eastern Africa. Since 2010, First Climate has supported this Gold Standard project and has been promoting the distribution of energy-efficient cookstoves in Uganda. Families in these regions have been able to save up to 50 percent of their monthly fuel costs when compared to traditional charcoal cookstoves. The improved cookstoves help reduce carbon emissions and, thereby, avoid local deforestation while at the same time improving living conditions.
With an initial focus on urban areas, the project has seen steady growth in recent years expanding into other districts generating multiple socio-economic co-benefits. To date, the distributed improved cookstoves have supported the avoidance of 7.5 million tons of CO2 emissions and the consumption of approximately 1.35 million tons of charcoal. Furthermore, the project activity helped avoid cutting down at least 20 million trees in Uganda. “Our international teams are very proud of the impact we have already achieved for families in Uganda and climate action in eastern Africa. We’ve shown how sizeable emissions reductions are possible through energy efficient cookstove technology innovation and demand generation. We are looking forward to scaling up our work in other countries in the coming years,” shares Evan Haigler, CEO of Impact Carbon.
Over the last 15 years, the availability of the efficient cookstoves through Impact Carbon has contributed to improving a cleaner cooking environment since the efficient stoves use significantly less charcoal. One of the most compelling issues for households has been the economic benefits in the form of monthly savings. These direct savings mean tangible benefits to those households which have already bought an improved cookstove. Reduced fuel costs translate to families being able manage the costs of sending their children to school, establishing a small business or having money for essential health care services.n.
“We congratulate our long-standing partner, Impact Carbon, on their success in climate action, demonstrating with the efficient cookstove concept that we can provide cost-saving benefits for over 3 million people across key regions in Africa,” says Heike Natzet, Head of Climate Neutral Services at First Climate. .
About Impact Carbon
Since 2006, Impact Carbon has built programs that have supported the distribution of improved stoves in Uganda. Impact Carbon's work reduces poverty and improves local environments while slowing climate change. Impact Carbon supports locally appropriate and commercially viable technologies to ensure maximum uptake and scale. The organization builds and supports climate protection projects that help people access energy efficient cookstoves by leveraging carbon finance and social finance to bring these projects to scale.