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Super-efficient cookstoves in Kenya

Africa's most efficient cookstoves help save the forests, improve lives and reduce CO2 emissions

Solution
Energy
Location
Kenya
Evaluation
Gold Standard
Volume
144kt
Price
10€
SUPER-EFFICIENT COOKSTOVES IN KENYA
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Burn Manufacturing

Headquarter

Ruiru, Kenya

Project active in

Ruiru, Kenya

Project Launch Date

26 April 2017

Cookstoves are a hugely important climate solution in Africa. They’re a clean alternative to burning wood or charcoal on open fires or inefficient stoves. They help reduce carbon emissions and smoke pollution. And they can improve people’s lives dramatically.

And BURN’s cookstoves are not just any cookstoves. They’re recognised as the most fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves in Africa. Your contribution to this project will support their manufacturing and distribution, so more people will benefit from using them.

What’s the background?

Today, 68% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from woody biomass. Most of this is burnt on open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change.

For every tonne of charcoal produced using the traditional method in Kenya, 6 tonnes of wood are needed. Continuously collecting firewood and charcoal leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces the carbon uptake by forests.

It’s also a social problem. Most Kenyan households spend a huge portion of their time and income collecting fuel for cooking, with many forced to travel up to 15km outside town to find wood. In the worst cases, mothers are gone for many hours, leaving their children and nursing infants, and in some communities, girls spend their time collecting firewood instead of going to school.

What’s the solution?

BURN Manufacturing has built a factory in Ruiru, north of Nairobi, to manufacture and distribute super fuel-efficient Jikokoa biomass cookstoves. The company employs over 400 people, 60% of whom are women.

An independent study by UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago concluded that the Jikokoa is the single best investment with the highest return that a Kenyan household can make.

And, because the Jikokoa uses less fuel, it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. The project also reduces pressure on the remaining forest in Kenya and with more forests conserved, the biodiversity within the forests will also improve.

What are the other benefits?

The Jikokoa cookstove might be small but it is mighty. The benefits of switching from traditional coal pots to this compact, modern appliance include:

  • Better air quality: the Jikokoa burns faster and with less smoke and particulate matter compared with the traditional charcoal pot.
  • Reduced fuel costs: because the Jikokoa is more fuel efficient than the traditional stove, households save money that would have otherwise been used to buy charcoal.
  • More jobs: the project has created employment across the stove supply chain from manufacturing, distribution and sales.
  • Access to energy: charcoal can be scarce and/or expensive in many parts of Kenya. This project increases access to energy at minimal cost.

ASSESSMENT

Everything you want to know about this project, at a glance.

Solution

Energy

Reduction

Location

Ruiru - Kenya

Local

Evaluation

Gold Standard

Certification

Volume

144kt

Price

10€

Co-benefits

7 SDGs

Durability

N/A

Additionality

Medium

Barriers

Medium

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