If, like us, you were unable to attend this year’s biennial Global Alliance for Clean Cookstove meeting in Phnom Penh in March, then here’s your chance to” geek out” to all things clean cookstove.
Via Kenya’s Daily Nation — (16/04/2013) Investment in private forestry is becoming profitable, in Western Kenya due to increased demand for wood fuel by textile and food processing industries.
Grain farmers who have invested in commercial forestry are recording huge profits as a result of the high demand for wood products that has outstripped forest plantation establishments.
Think of it as the Higgs Boson of energy poverty alleviation.
Seriously, though, this blog post comes to us from Harvest Fuel Initiative-partner, ARTI-Tanzania (a type of Large Hadron Collider on its own) and tells the whole story of how ARTI, The Charcoal Project and the Scale-Ups program at MIT’s D-Lab are coming together to help address one of the root causes of various social and environmental problems in the developing world: the dependence on wood and charcoal for cooking and heating in the developing world.
Is your institutional wood or charcoal stove gobbling up fuel faster than you can feed the sucker? Are you looking to sell institutional stoves? Do you want to know more about how these puppies work? Than search no further and sign up for this free webinar on March 7th!
In this issue of WASHplus Weekly, the focus is on fuel “stacking,” which is the use of multiple fuels/stoves at one time. Stacking is a complex factor that influences the adoption and use of cookstoves. In many households, traditional stoves are used at the same time as improved cookstoves, or the different stoves may be used for different foods. Evidence points to the simultaneous use of different fuel regardless of income levels. Households continue to use different fuels as their incomes rise, and they do not immediately abandon the use of fuelwood. Other factors, such as reliability of supply, safety, and taste preferences of food cooked using fuelwood, may be factors under consideration by households.
“Reducing emissions from diesel engines and domestic wood and coal fires is a no-brainer, as there are tandem health and climate benefits,” says Professor Piers Forster of the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment.
Study indicates that the number of victims from the “silent killer in the kitchen” is double that of previous estimates. Indoor air pollution kills more than diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV… combined.
Let’s just say that after almost 40 months since The Charcoal Project paddled out sea, the big waves are finally starting to form on the horizon.
The Harvest Fuel Initiative is the name of the first very big wave we plan to surf this year.
I feel strongly that better fuels and technology is as close to a silver bullet for improving the livelihoods of half of the world’s population as any other intervention out there.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves announced today more than $2 million in funds to support entrepreneurs and innovation in the clean cooking sector.