Sustainable Stoves

Providing access to cleaner, low cost and fuel-efficient energy to 3 billion people worldwide whilst maintaining long-held cooking practices and traditions. 

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 we are doing

Our solution to this huge challenge is an affordable rocket stove, which is fuel-efficient, reduces cooking time, and significantly minimises dangerous emissions into homes and the environment, all whilst maintaining the traditional smoky flavour of Fijian cooking. With goals to decrease dangerous gases that are harmful to millions of lungs and the Earth, reduce deforestation, increase energy independence and empower local community members through employment across the developing world, it’s more than just an alternate cooking method.

The design of our Buka Stove (or ‘clean stove’) allows for greater airflow leading to a more complete combustion, meaning that with an increase in heat output, the production of harmful carbon monoxide is dramatically reduced, and the amount of fuel required for the same amount of cooking is significantly less. It also works with accessible and renewable fuel sources, such as wood and biomass briquettes, and other combustible waste such as animal dung. As an additional benefit, the rocket stove enables more efficient cooking times for families, and more time spent undertaking other activities, including paid work and furthering education.

Project Everest is working in Sigatoka, Fiji and Dili, Timor-Lesté, to implement this social enterprise solution within rural communities through the employment of local sales agents, further enabling local economic stability, gender equality and growth opportunities.

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.”

Sophie Heath

"You guys are doing a really good thing because this changes lives"

 Seru |Village Pastor, Fiji

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