The first Fairtrade-Carbon offset project

Our cookstoves project in Raichur, India

Clean cooking stoves in Raichur, India

Our cookstoves project in Raichur, India, helps improve the everyday life of small-scale farmers. It is the first carbon offset project on the German market to be certified according to the Fairtrade Climate standard.

Raichur is located in the middle of rural India, most inhabitants live in very basic conditions. To cook, they usually burn wood in simple stoves, most of the heat goes up in flames and the smoke pollutes the air they breathe in their homes. What sounds tedious from a prosperity perspective has even more serious consequences: Respiratory diseases are a serious threat, especially to children and women. It is also women and children who spend many hours every day bringing home the necessary wood. That is why women in Raichur have organized the development and distribution of efficient "Chulika stoves", which require 67.5 percent less fuel. The Faitrade climate standard also provides the community with a premium that people use to adapt to increasingly extreme conditions caused by climate change.

TÜV Rheinland
Fairtrade Carbon Credits, Gold Standard
Certificate type
Annual volume (tons CO2)

Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Households spend less of their time and income on fuel acquisition and cooking.


Good Health and Well-Being
Improved indoor air quality means less respiratory diseases and eye infections; accidents from cooking on open fire are reduced.

Gender Equality
The project reduces pressure on women, enabling their empowerment in society.

Decent Work and Economic Growth
New job opportunities for production, sale and maintenance of stoves.

Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
Das Projekt spart 32.000 Tonnen CO2 pro Jahr.

Life on Land
The project protects local forests by reducing the need for wood.

How do cookstoves help fight global warming?

In many of the world's poorer regions, families cook their meals over an open fire, often in enclosed spaces. This method of cooking is however not energy efficient, as large amounts of heat go to waste. Clean cooking stoves are often simple devices made from metal or clay that use energy more efficiently. Families can thus save fuel and cut down on CO2 emissions. Sometimes the stoves are even used in small businesses.