Replacing the traditional cook stove with an improved version, means more efficient, cleaner burning fuels, and venting the smoke out of the house through a chimney, can dramatically improve the lives of the families and have a positive impact on the environment and health.
Rohit Khanna, ESMAP’s Program Manager said, “ESMAP brings to this Global Alliance a wealth of experience and lessons learned in designing and promoting clean cook stoves in low income countries. In 2006-2009, we implemented an improved cook stove program in twelve countries in Asia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.” “In Cambodia for instance, ESMAP supported an energy efficient cook stove program which distributed over 8,000 improved cook stoves to households. The program also developed the Vattanack stove, a commercial stove specially designed and built to distill locally available materials -traditional palm sugar paste into granules, whilst saving 30 percent of energy used by the traditional stove,” Khanna said.
ESMAP worked with governments to empower Small Medium Enterprises (SME) to delivery decentralized energy services. The focus of ESMAP’s work was mainly on off-grid electrification and biomass use.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves calls for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The clean cook stove alliance supports large-scale adoption of clean and safe household cooking solutions as a way to save lives, improve livelihoods, and reduce climate change emissions. The Alliance will work with public, private, and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cook stoves in the developing world.
Related Improved Cook stove ESMAP Studies and articles
Cambodia ‘s Energy Efficient Cook Stove Program
ESMAP Report: Pilot Commercialization of Improved Cookstoves in Nicaragua 2005
ESMAP Report: Evaluation of Improved Stove Programs in Guatemala: Final Report of Project Case Studies 2004