Not only are clean cookstoves a climate solution, they're also promoting a just transition to a low-carbon world by providing jobs, training, and social benefits to communities and improving household health.
Inefficient cooking methods often lead to indoor air pollution, which can cause respiratory illnesses and other health problems, particularly in women and children who spend more time near the stoves.
We were lucky to be invited to the house of Isabel Munguambe. She told us that the clean cookstoves produce significantly less smoke, which has made cooking much easier. It also saves her time and money – buying fuel is costly as well as time-intensive.
“An average family, which we consider to be five people, is able to save about USD 7.5 on fuel a month by switching to this stove. As the stove costs USD 8.5, it takes just a few weeks to recover the cost with the savings from the fuel!" says Telma Alage.
In addition to the benefits for the end-user, clean cookstove projects often involve the production and distribution of stoves by local entrepreneurs, creating jobs and generating income in the community. By supporting local businesses, clean cookstoves can help to build more resilient and sustainable economies.
“We employ 70 people at the moment, and for most of them, this is their first formal job. We provide training to assemble the cookstoves. We also provide social benefits, like social security and life insurance. We set them up with a bank account which opens a lot of doors, like access to microloans," explains Florencia Saide.
Ultimately global climate and development goals cannot be achieved without changing the way people cook. Governments and multilateral institutions need to support the adoption of clean cooking technology. In the meantime, carbon finance provides a way for companies to accelerate the uptake of this simple but powerful solution.
By transitioning to more efficient and sustainable alternatives, families can reduce their reliance on traditional fuel sources and promote sustainable land use practices. The benefits are clear: improved health, cost-savings and a cleaner environment for all.
A big thank you to the local team and partners who took us around the project for the morning.