Cookstoves for Communities

Location

Myanmar

Project Developer

Soneva Foundation

Technology

Cookstoves

Certification

Gold Standard

Sustainable Development Goals
No Poverty Good Health and Well-being Gender Equality Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Climate Action

140,000

People benefitted

30,000

Improved cookstoves installed

100,000

Tonnes of Co2 reduced

Project Background

Myanmar is the third-largest contributor to deforestation worldwide. As forests disappear, the price of wood gets higher, driving more families into energy poverty. Rural families in Myanmar spend as much as 40% of their income – or the time equivalent – on purchasing or collecting firewood.

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The Myanmar Stoves Campaign cuts expenditures on wood, making a huge difference to families already living in poverty, and reducing the time needed to forage for wood means more time to spend on smallholdings and on securing a good harvest. The stoves also reduce carbon emissions by 60%, or four tons per year, per stove. Using innovative impact investing principles, projects produce their own financial returns which are used to further scale reach and impact.

Project Details

Impacts

Indoor cooking on inefficient stoves is a silent killer. Air pollution from domestic cooking is responsible for the premature deaths of over 4 million people a year—more than HIV Aids and malaria combined. Each cookstove reduces wood consumption by at least 50%, reducing both pressure on forests and household expenditure on fuel. Air pollution is reduced by 80%, improving the health and safety of the whole community. Carbon emissions are reduced by 60%, or four tons per year, per stove.

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Project Technology

Improved cookstoves lower wood consumption, reducing both pressure on forests and household expenditure on fuel. With more efficient stoves, air pollution is significantly reduced, improving the health and safety of families. Carbon emissions are also slashed, contributing to global climate security.

About the Project Developer

The Soneva Foundation was formed in 2010 to support the development of environmental projects that reduce carbon emissions at the same time as addressing deeper social and environmental challenges. Using innovative impact investing principles, projects produce their own financial returns which are used to further scale reach and impact. They certified the first-ever Gold Standard project in Myanmar.

Soneva Foundation

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Cookstoves for Communities

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Location

Myanmar

Technology

Cookstoves