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Shanxi Cookstoves, China

Tackling household air pollution and substituting coal use with improved cookstoves in China

Project overview

  • Region: Asia

  • Project type: Household devices

  • Standards: Gold Standard

This fuel-switching improved cookstove project reduces greenhouse gases by selling improved stoves that use excess corn agriculture residues. By substituting coal with renewable biomass, the project stoves reduce carbon emissions and reduce levels of exposure to indoor air pollution, arsenic and fluoride for end users. As of February 2013, over 90,000 improved stoves have been distributed by the project. 

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. These include:

  • No Poverty/Affordable and Clean Energy: Prior to the project, families simply burned their corn residues in a field however the residues are now a free energy source for their household regime. Families spend up to 14% of their annual income on cooking fuels in rural settings in Shanxi.
  • Good Health and Well-Being: This project improves local health through reduced air pollution by making cleaner stoves that burn biomass more affordable, thereby replacing inefficient coal burning stoves, often brick oven stoves that are kept smouldering throughout the day for quick relighting. The biomass stove has noticeably less indoor smoke and 100% of those surveyed reported reduced cooking time, fuel cost, smoke, symptoms of coughing and eye irritation, and that they are easier to use.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: There is employment for workers (office staff and field technicians) which is growing with the project.