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

Our cook stove project in Peru

Clean cookstoves in Peru

In Peru’s more poverty-stricken regions, malnutrition and a high degree of smoke exposure from cooking over an open fire are two of the greatest public health problems. Our project, Qori Q’oncha, addresses both of these at their core: with efficient and clean cookstoves. In the Andes, usually in regions higher than 2,800 metres, and in several coastal areas, families normally use simple terracotta hearths, also known as ‘Fogóns,’ which require open flames and produce major amounts of smoke and air pollution. The efficient stoves, on the other hand, conduct the smoke produced out through a chimney and consume 39% less firewood. They thus save CO2 and provide a variety of other social and economic benefits, including:

1.    Greater funds for feeding family members by saving on buying firewood. 
2.    Lower levels of respiratory illnesses
3.    Self-sustenance for local families through the promotion of community gardens, and seed and equipment provided as part of the project.

Gold Standard VER, Nr. 1005
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Annual volume (tons CO2)

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.