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Rwanda Cook Stove Project

  • 1. No Poverty
  • 7. Affordable Clean Energy
  • 8. Work + Economic Growth
  • 13. Climate Action

Firewood holds huge importance in Rwanda, accounting for at least 86% of energy consumption. Wood fuel is in particularly high demand, especially in rural Rwanda where 98% of households rely on wood as their main cooking fuel. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the distribution of fuel-efficient cook stoves reduces the amount of harmful smoke and indoor air pollution.

The stoves are designed and produced in-country, providing much needed training and employment to the region, as well as ensuring that they are tailored to the cooking needs of families. CO2balance works closely with local NGOs and government to ensure that stoves are distributed to regions without existing markets for efficient wood burning stoves. The stove is supplied at a highly subsidised rate to ensure affordability for families that are unfamiliar with improved devices; in this way, CO2balance hopes to kick start demand for improved cooking technology across the country.

This programme comprises of fourteen 10,000 tCO2e micro projects financed by Climate Corporation under CO2balance’s Global Micro PoA. This framework provides the opportunity for buyer exclusivity, as they can support one or more micro projects, depending on their CSR and offset strategy.

This project will mitigate climate change caused by the combustion of unsustainably-harvested biomass, it will reduce pressure on woodlands and wildlife, and it will also reduce atmospheric pollutants inside owner’s homes.

  • C02 emissions prevented: 140,000 tonnes
  • Families positively impacted: 22,430
  • People positively impacted: 109,907
  • Children positively impacted: 33,645
  • Wood saved: 75,000 tonnes
  • Time saved: 12 days per household per year
“I like the stove mainly because of its favourable performance in the kitchen: it decreases the quantity of wood used and it gives out less smoke so it keeps the kitchen clean. I encourage the neighbours to buy the same improved cookstove because it helps both for families in the kitchen and the region to preserve more trees.”
Cecile Ngendahayo from Bugasera, Rwanda