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Better Life in Indigenous Villages due to Solar and Efficient Cook Stoves

Project facts

 

Project type: Energy efficiency, renewable energy

Project location: Bolivia und Paraguay

Project standard: Gold Standard VER

Annual emission reduction: 30.889 t

Project start: January 2012

The programme intends to reduce carbon emissions, improve health, and reduce stress placed on forestry resources in Bolivia through the replacement of inefficient wood burning stoves with high efficiency rocket stoves or solar cookers in six departments of Bolivia.

Offset emissions

Project overview

 

The project

The main objective of this Programme of Activity is to improve the livelihood and the environment of both peri-​urban and rural populations in Bolivia by placing 50,000 ecological stoves in households reducing 511,000 t CO₂  over the programme period. 

This programme specifically aims to: improve the livelihood of families, by saving the local population the purchase and/or the tiresome gathering of firewood; improve the health of the families by reducing the families’ exposure to unhealthy air particles created when using traditional wood stoves in the kitchen, therefore achieving a reduction in pulmonary illness mainly in women and children and the prevention of burn injuries in the kitchen; improve the use of people’s time by freeing up time which can be utilized for other activities therefore improving quality of life; improve the eating habits of families by making a modification of the cooking habits through sensitization and training programs that demonstrate the various uses of the ecological stoves and educating the families on hygiene, sanitation, food preparation, kitchen organization and the environment; and improve the environment by reducing CO₂  emissions, air pollution from wood fires and deforestation.

Only through the support of myclimate and the voluntary CO₂  offsetting mechanism can these stoves be accessible to populations in these areas of Bolivia and can the programme be realized in this size. Carbon finance channelled through myclimate will allow, on behalf of CEDESOL’s beneficiaries, subsidies for the cost of the ecological stoves. Furthermore, it is expected that over the next seven years the design of the programme will guarantee its sustainability and expansion to other areas of Bolivia and Paraguay.

Achievements so far
  • There is a perception in the families of savings in time and money since the installation of the ecological stove.
  • 4,000 people have benefited from better air quality since the start of the project and there are less visits to the medical facilities.
  • 832 people have completed the Modular Environmental Training.
  • 41 innovative leaders were trained.
  • 4,000 people benefit from the new efficient and clean technology.
  • 56 people employed from 2012 to present.
  • 46% fuel savings achieved.
  • CO₂ reduction
  • 17,579 tonnes of wood saved through the project.
  • 814 domestic rocket stoves installed and 18 commercial/institutional rocket stoves installed.
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© Franziska Heidenreich, myclimate

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Felicidad Orellana, Cochabamba district, is cooking an a climate friendly cook stove since a few years. © Franziska Heidenreich, myclimate

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Angelina Orellana, Cochabamba district: "I cook everything with the solar cooker. In the old kitchen there was a lot of smoke. 10 years ago there was eneough wood around the house for cooking. Now the wood is far away." © Franziska Heidenreich, myclimate

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David Whitfield founder of the nonprofit organisation CEDESOL with newly fabricated solar cookers. © Franziska Heidenreich, myclimate

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© Franziska Heidenreich, myclimate