Taken from the SNV Domestic Biogas Newsletter - Issue 4

Launched in September 2010, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership to save lives, empower women, improve livelihoods, and combat climate change by creating a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s ‘100 by 20’ goal calls for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance will work with public, private, and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in the developing world, see www.cleancookstoves.org.

Promotion of clean and efficient cookstoves is urgent as:
  • Not less than 2.7 billion people – some 40% of the global population - relied on traditional use of biomass for cooking in 2009. This number will likely rise to 2.8 billion people in 2030;
  • Illnesses caused by exposure to smoke from cookstoves kill almost two million women and very young children annually – more than die from malaria;
  • Reliance on biomass for cooking and heating, forces women and children to spend many hours each week collecting wood;
  • Cookstoves fuelled by unsustainably harvested and inefficiently burned biomass also increase pressures on local natural resources and contribute to climate change.

At present, there is no universal standard to define whether a cookstove is efficient and clean. Such definition will be one of the first targets of the Alliance. Different kinds of stove fuels will be considered by the Alliance, not only solid (biomass) fuels such as fuel wood and charcoal, but also liquid (like ethanol) and gaseous (like biogas) fuels are included, as well as kerosene and LPG.

As one of the founding partners, SNV pledged to contribute $250,000 in cash and kind to the Alliance, as well as provide its expertise in the dissemination of household based renewable energy technologies.

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