More Efficient Cooking and Heating in China

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

Impact Carbon’s Clean and Efficient Cooking and Heating Project in the Shanxi, Hubei and Guizhou Provinces of China helps people save valuable money, while creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

The fuel-switching and efficiency project reduces greenhouse gases by selling a range of cleaner stoves that use excess agriculture residues (a 100% renewable fuel source), renewable wood, or improve the efficiency of coal consumption. By reducing coal consumption and substituting coal with renewable biomass, the stoves reduce carbon emissions and reduce exposure to indoor air pollution, including arsenic and fluoride.  

To actively strengthen the local improved cookstove sector, Impact Carbon fosters strong partnerships across the value chain of diverse beneficiaries, including manufacturers, retailers, and end-users. Local stove manufacturers are trained to conduct outreach in local communities, to build awareness of the benefit of these stoves.  

To date, more than 128,000 stoves have been sold in three provinces. Operating as a nonprofit, Impact Carbon reinvests revenues from carbon finance into scaling up its projects and providing more people with these life-enhancing stoves.

Key benefits:  

The use of 450,000+ tonnes of coal has been avoided since the project began

- More than 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 go toward food, clothing, medical bills, and other household necessities

Improved cookstove users surveyed reported fewer symptoms indicative of exposure to indoor air pollution, including coughing and eye irritation

Impact Carbon supports local stove manufacturers and retailers in growing their businesses


“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