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The Kenya Efficient Cookstoves Project

Type: Distribution of cookstoves
Country: Kenya
Standard: Gold Standard

Annual Carbon Credits
144000 t



The simple task of daily cooking has a big impact on the most vulnerable communities across Kenya. They have to spend a significant portion of their income on fuel wood (about 20%) and when there is no more budget, women are traditionally responsible for its collection, which make them waste a lot of precious time.


Wood supplies around villages are often exhausted, forcing them to go deeper into the forest. Traditional cookstoves or open fires are also a major health issue, causing respiratory diseases as well as burn injuries, especially among children. An efficient cookstove can cut down the daily fuel consumed and thus necessitating fewer trips to collect fuel and less money spent on charcoal. These stoves also produce less smoke resulting in cleaner air. At last, the reduced demand for charcoal will also reduce deforestation.


This project, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will contribute towards the following co-benefits:

  • Reduced costs in the purchase of fuel for households: a study confirms that the technology reduces household charcoal spending by 39%, saving the average household USD 119 per year, which corresponds to on average one month of household income. At a retail price of USD 40, this corresponds to an IRR of 300% per year;
  • Less indoor air pollutants from the burning of fuel in the family home;
  • Local Employment - Since the stoves are produced and sold in Kenya, the project activity has created employment across the stove supply chain from manufacturing, distribution, and sales of the stoves;
  • Reduced deforestation and improved biodiversity.

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