Clean and efficient cook stoves instead of cooking over an open fire

Our cook stove project in Peru

Clean cook stoves in Peru

In Peru’s more poverty-stricken regions, malnutrition and the high degree of smoke exposure from cooking over an open fire concurrently comprise the greatest public health problems. Our project Qori Q’oncha addresses both of these subjects at their core: with efficient and clean cook stoves. In the Andes, usually in regions higher than 2,800m as well as in several coastal areas, families are using them to replace cooking over an open fire, i.e. preparing food using “Fogóns,” simple terracotta hearths. The efficient stoves, on the other hand, conduct smoke out through a chimney and consume 39 percent less firewood. That means they save CO2 and provide significant benefits to the families: they need less money for firewood, which means there have more funds for feeding the family. And there are significantly lower levels of respiratory illnesses. The project additionally promotes community gardens and provides families with seed and equipment. That enables them to attain self-sustenance.

Gold Standard VER, Nr. 1005
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Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Families save time and money, improving their economic situation.

Zero Hunger
There is more time for growing staple foods such as maize or potatoes, creation of community gardens.

Good Health and Well-Being
Better air quality in residential spaces and a significant reduction in respiratory illnesses, self-sustenance with fresh fruits and vegetables from the community gardens.

Quality Education
Children have more time and families more financial capacities to be invested in education.

Gender Equality
Women are mostly responsible for collecting wood and cooking. That is why they benefit most from the advantages of the project.

Clean and Affordable Energy
106,000 families can cook cleanly, efficiently and safely.

Decent Work and Economic Growth
The project creates local employment for administration, sales and maintenance of the cookstoves.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Dissemination of a clean, efficient cooking technology.

Reduced Inequalities
Target group of the project are disadvantaged families in the poorest regions of Peru.

Climate Action
Less carbon emissions thanks to 39 percent less firewood consumption, which also reduces deforestation in Peru.

Life on Land
One cookstoves saves more than 6 tons of firewood each year. Thus the project helps reduce deforestation and preserve forest areas and local biodiversity.

Partnerships for the Goals
Carbon offset projects are building bridges from companies from industrialized countries to people in the world's poorest countries.

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.