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Basa Mogogo Improved Cooking, South Africa

A programme to help people burn coal in a more fuel efficient manner

Project overview

  • Region: Africa

  • Project type: Household devices

  • Standards: Gold Standard

The first Gold Standard project of its kind in the world; this innovative behaviour change programme teaches local communities in South Africa to burn coal differently in order to be more fuel efficient, thereby reducing carbon emissions. The technique, called Basa Magogo, means “Light it up! Grandmother” in Zulu. Importantly, the new technique does not require any change of household equipment and is entirely implemented through local training sessions on improving use of stoves or braziers which people already own. Fifteen thousand households are now using this new technique, saving 55 million kilos of coal.

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits including: 

  • Good Health and Well-being: Indoor air pollution is reduced, providing significant health benefits for the household members who are most frequently exposed.
  • No Poverty: The Basa Magogo technique reduces cooking time by 50 minutes compared to conventional heating methods. This allows women in particular to spend more time on other income-generating activities. In addition, there is also a savings of 300kg of coal per year which is a fuel spending reduction for the household.
  • Quality Education: 110,000 trainings have been provided to people about the benefits of reduced coal consumption and this new technique.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: In 2009, 35 local people were employed by the project. They provide employment to area leaders, team leaders, demonstrators and survey field workers in every location that the activity takes place.

“Now I can keep my children inside the house when I make the fire”