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Improved Heating and Cooking Project in China

  • 1. No Poverty
  • 3. Good Health
  • 8. Work + Economic Growth
  • 13. Climate Action

The Clean and Efficient Cooking and Heating Project is a fuel-switching and efficiency project operating in Shanxi, Hubei and Guizhou Provinces. The Project reduces greenhouse gases by selling different kinds of improved stoves that use excess agriculture residues (a 100% renewable fuel source), renewable wood, and improve the efficiency of coal consumption. By reducing coal consumption and 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. Impact Carbon works with local stove manufacturers, who conduct outreach in local communities to build awareness for the improved stoves in the market.

As an experienced carbon project developer, Impact Carbon fosters strong partnerships across the value chain of diverse beneficiaries, including manufacturers, retailers and end-users. In doing so, Impact Carbon is actively strengthening the improved cookstove sector. Operating as a nonprofit, revenues from carbon finance are reinvested into scaling our projects.

Project impacts and benefits:

  • 128,000+ stoves have been sold in three provinces.
  • Efficient stove entrepreneurs are supported in growing their business.
  • The use of 450,000+ tonnes of coal has been avoided since the project’s start.
  • 500,000+ tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided every year.
  • Households save $1,500 - $2,000 on fuel over the stove’s five year lifetime.
  • Households save $37 - $50 for every dollar spent on the stove.
  • Funds saved can be used for food or medical bills.
  • Improved cookstove users surveyed reported fewer symptoms indicative of exposure to indoor air pollution, including coughing and eye irritation.
“The stove is so fast and easy to use, much better than the long wait time from our old coal stove. I’ve saved so much money from not having to buy coal for cooking.”
Liu Zhihong, Xiaohu Village, Shanxi Province