by majohnso@uci.edu, edwardsr@uci.edu, aghilardi@oikos.unam.mx, vberrueta@gira.org.mx Omar Masera

Issue: 54

Journal section: Theme Articles
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Received: 2010-08-09


The inclusion of improved stove programmes in carbon trading schemes requires valid methods for estimating their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Current approaches often make use of IPCC default emission factors or those from controlled water boiling tests (WBT), yet little is known about whether these emission factors are representative of normal daily stove use. This article compares the use of IPCC and WBT-derived emission factors with those measured in homes during normal daily stove use and found that both the IPCC and WBT-derived emission factors resulted in substantially underestimating the carbon savings achieved from the installation of a Patsari improved stove in rural Mexico. It also evaluates using community-level fuel renewability estimates in the calculation of carbon savings and looks at the carbon savings that can be made using this factor.

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