Why Sustainable Stoves?
According to the World Bank, clean cooking is a political, economic, and environmental priority, with 3 billion people globally still cooking with traditional methods, so it’s much more than just a health challenge. These practices often involve the use of dangerous and non-renewable fuel sources, and the release of harmful chemicals into homes and the environment, making smoke inhalation one of the leaders in ill health and respiratory-related deaths worldwide.
The issue also perpetuates gender inequality in a range of ways. Compared to men, women and girls often spend more time indoors doing domestic work, more specifically cooking, leading to a disproportionately higher exposure to the dangerous household smoke emissions. The time and labour intensive process of preparing and cooking daily meals for the family also severely limits time for education and paid work, and the need for more efficient methods is critical.
Striking a balance between accessing clean and efficient cooking technologies and maintaining cultural cooking traditions and flavours is often extremely difficult or inaccessible to most. With current methods contributing to unsustainable deforestation and global warming, this is one of the most pressing and devastating systemic challenges for today’s global population.
3.8 million people die prematurely each year due to household smoke inhalation
Smoke inhalation from household cooking is the second largest contributor to ill health in the world
Most traditional cooking methods involve the release of black carbon, a top contributor to global warming
Watch It In Action
What it Addresses
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
“If someone had told me on the first day of project that within 3 weeks I would have had the skills, knowledge and confidence
to pitch something I am passionate about effectively to an NGO in a different country I would have laughed. 3 weeks later, I did just that. I met with an NGO who loved the product and, on the spot, suggested that PEV organise a meeting with the UNDP to aid in promoting and distributing the stove. A suggestion which nearly knocked me off my chair.”
"You guys are doing a really good thing because this changes lives"
Seru |Village Pastor, Fiji
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