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Improved Insulation and Fuel-efficient Stoves, Mongolia

Reducing heating requirements and fuel costs for residents of the world’s coldest capital

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Project overview

  • Region: Asia

  • Project type: Household devices

  • Standards: Gold Standard

Based in Ulan Bator, the world’s coldest capital, this Gold Standard project has set up supply and distribution chains for stove and insulation products; supporting local production, creating jobs, and reducing indoor air pollution and fuel costs. The poorest households here spend up to 40% of their monthly winter income on heating fuels. Designed specifically for the Ger (‘yurt’) districts of the city, improved, efficient stoves and advanced insulation ‘blankets’ reduce heating fuel requirements and costs by as much as 60%.

Sustainable Impacts
  • Economic growth
  • Energy access
  • Financial security
  • Health and well-being
  • Infrastructure development
  • Job creation
  • Health and well-being: Efficient stoves reduce indoor air pollution by 80%, significantly reducing the likelihood of respiratory diseases. Designed with an insulated combustion chamber, they retain heat for longer and at a higher temperature, meaning households can keep warmer while using less fuel.
  • Financial security: The five layer ger ‘blanket’ reduces heating fuel requirement by up to 60%, allowing household income to be used elsewhere. Additionally, the project works with microfinance institutions to support households who can’t afford the upfront cost, with a suitable repayment plan.
  • Economic growth: The project has set up supply and distribution chains for the cookstove and insulation products, supporting local production and creating channels to sell products to outside markets. Production facilities and supply centres also create job opportunities for local communities.

Rapid urbanisation of Ulan Bator has left the capital unable to provide for even the basic needs of its urban poor.

Carbon revenues will enable the funding of more microloans, allowing more households in the ger districts to benefit from these products.