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Clean Cooking

Clean cooking programs in the Global South have a positive impact not only on the environment but also on the health and wealth of local communities. There is no other type of carbon offsetting program with a similar positive impact on large communities.

Toxic cooking smoke impact the health of billions of people

Smoke from cooking fires kills 400,000 children per year

2.5 billion people lack access to clean cooking and cooking emissions contribute up to 2.3% of global emissions. At the same time, fuel-efficient stoves can reduce fuel used for cooking and therefore emission by 30–60%. 

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2.5B people lack access to clean cooking technologies

Smoke from cooking fires causes 3.2M premature deaths per year 

Household emissions contribute up to 2.3% of global emissions

Women spend up to 10 hours a day collecting fuel


An ethical imperative for the Global North

Clean Cooking Impact

Clean cooking programs are a unique opportunity to reduce global CO₂ emissions while igniting a virtuous cycle out of poverty and death for many people living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Programs based on clean cookstoves generate the most ethical carbon offsets: no other emission reduction program has such a positive impact on both the environment and the life of many human beings.

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Empowering women and improving health 

Clean cooking is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals 

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UN Goal 1
No Poverty

In urban areas in Africa where the most common fuel is charcoal, an efficient stove means that families can use the cash saved every week for their development, igniting a virtuous cycle out of poverty.

UN Goal 3
Good Health and Wellbeing

Exposure to smoke from cooking fires causes an estimated 3.2 million premature deaths each year and remains one of the predominant causes of pollution-related disease and death in Africa.

UN Goal 5
Gender Quality

Collecting the wood required for cooking is a major duty for girls and women in rural Africa, leaving them little time for education and personal development. With fuel-efficient stoves, girls can spend more time in education and women in income-generating activities.

UN Goal 8
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Carbonibus builds and funds sustainable local businesses that distribute clean cook stoves, employing and training people from the same communities the programs are targeting.

UN Goal 12
Ensure sustainable production and consumption patters

Using cookstoves that require more limited amount of fuel greatly reduces the pressure on local forests.  

UN Goal 15
Life of land

A large portion of the fuel in Africa is not harvested sustainably, contributing to deforestation. Lowering fuel consumption reduces deforestation and helps preserve wildlife habitats.

UN Goal 2
Zero Hunger

Energy efficiency in cooking means less time spent cooking and looking for fuel and improved nutrition for the entire family as many families are forced to trade food for fuel to cook.

UN Goal 4
Quality of Education

Girls in rural Africa spend up to 10 hours a day helping their families look for wood for cooking. This chore prevents girls from going to school and getting educated. Efficient cookstoves free up time for girls to go to school and get educated.

UN Goal 7
Affordable and clean energy

Traditional cooking techniques like three-stone fires are neither affordable nor clean. They need a great deal of fuel to work and they generate emissions that are bad for the environment and for the health of the entire family.

UN Goal 11
Sustainable cities and communities

Reduction of fuel consumption leveraging energy efficient cook stoves makes communities more sustainable as there is less competition over limited resources.

UN Goal 13
Climate Action

Household cooking emissions contribute up to 2.3% of global emissions. Such emissions can be cut by leveraging efficient stoves that reduce fuel consumption by 30–60%. 

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