The United Nations Foundation has recently launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a new initiative “supporting large-scale adoption of clean and safe household cooking solutions as a way to save lives, improve livelihoods, and reduce climate change emissions.” The Alliance has set a goal of enabling an additional 100 million homes to acquire clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020.
To overcome the current market barriers hampering the widespread use of clean cookstoves in the developing world, the Alliance will partner with public and private stakeholders from around the world. The goals of the Alliance include developing standards for cleaner stoves, increasing public and policymaker awareness of the health and environmental benefits of improved stove technologies, support of health and climate research, and reduction of trade barriers to help support market-based solutions, with the ultimate goal of developing a robust clean cookstoves industry.
The founding partners of the Alliance include the UN Foundation, the Shell Foundation, Morgan Stanley, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Germany Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, and UN-Energy.
Trees, Water & People and the Aprovecho Research Center have been developing forest-saving, fuel-efficient stove technology for over a decade. To date, TWP and our local partners have built more than 42,000 fuel-efficient stoves in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti. For more information about Trees, Water & People’s Fuel-Efficent Stove Program click here.