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The Low Smoke Stoves Project is delivering
health and economic benefits to households in the strife-torn region of Darfur, Sudan, where
climate change, drought and desertification are a fact of life. The project provides a
transformational financing scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing traditional wood
and charcoal stoves with energy-efficient liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cook stoves.
- The first carbon credit program to be registered in Sudan;
- 10,000 cook stoves are being delivered to Sudanese communities;
- The cook stoves will cut more than 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over 10 years.
In Sudan, cooking with charcoal and firewood contributes to thousands of deaths each year due to smoke
inhalation. Surrounding forests are suffering from years of exploitation. In addition, cooking with
charcoal emits almost twice as much carbon dioxide as LPG, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Cooking with LPG is a cheaper and cleaner alternative to burning charcoal and firewood. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves notes that cooking with LPG
reduces most key pollutants by more than 95 per cent, and reduces energy consumption by 50 to 70 per cent
in comparison to dirtier fuels. The Low Smoke Stoves Project will deliver 10,000 LPG cook stoves to
Sudanese communities, cutting more than 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over 10 years. The
stoves also ensure the surrounding forests recover from years of exploitation.
Africa missed out on innovative carbon financing, as the continent lacked the appropriate infrastructure
and institutional capacity and had many regulatory and local skills gaps that increased the risk tolerance
for investors. This is starting to change with the Low Smoke Stoves Project.
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, the project provides social, economic and health benefits to
participating families. According to the World Health Organization,
indoor smoke from burning solid fuels can expose women and young children to pollution 100 times higher
than acceptable levels. This activity also demonstrates effective local entrepreneurship, supported by
The project has proven popular with low-income households, and the project team has plans to replicate
the model elsewhere in the country to bring the benefits of clean energy to tens of thousands more
leaders of women development association networks
Olivier with stove beneficiaries
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