Improved Cookstoves – Cutting Carbon in Lao kitchens
Enter the Laos Improved Cookstove Programme. The project is building a more inclusive market around healthier, affordable technology. By extending market participation to rural areas, improved cook- stoves become a powerful sustainable development tool.
Through this programme, local producers receive training and are now making more stoves that are more efficient. Their customers are saving on fuel costs and breathing cleaner air. Alongside local partners, the project promotes the stoves’ benefits at village workshops and festivals. The improved cookstove programme has also supported the creation of three testing agencies to ensure stoves are high quality.
- 20 producers manufacturing an average of 500 stoves per month
- 100 000 Improved cookstoves produced
- 95% of consumers state they are very satisfied with their stove
$5 retail price; stoves save users $2 each month on fuel purchases
90 cooking demonstrations conducted by the Lao Women’s Union
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH:
850 retailers, 90% of which are women-owned
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES:
24 month lifespan of an improved cook stove, compared to 6 months for less-efficient models
Cooks save 30 minutes per day
75 174 Tonnes of CO2 savings versus inefficient stoves
LIFE ON LAND:
20% less wood fuel used versus inefficient stoves
This project is managed by SNV Laos in partnership with the Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement, a local NGO that manages training, knowledge exchange and monitoring activities. Oxfam manages the EU Switch Asia grant funds, and the contribution of the Blue Moon Fund.