Building Clean Cookstoves in Haiti

Trees, Water & People, in partnership with International Lifeline Fund (ILF), is helping Haitian families displaced by the earthquake rebuild their lives by launching a fuel-efficient cookstove project in Port-au-Prince which will produce much needed employment and allow families to safely prepare food, purify water, and save money.

Currently, our International team is supporting the manufacture of 1,000 fuel-efficient charcoal stoves for a pilot project, working with 10 local metal workers at the ILF compound in Port-au-Prince. Take a look at the process in the slideshow below:

TWP’s International Team Joins Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ Working Groups

Stuart Conway, TWP’s co-founder and International Director, and Sebastian Africano, TWP’s Deputy International Director, will serve on the “Reaching Consumers” and “Monitoring and Evaluation” Working Groups for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in New York City this September with a commitment to saving lives, improving livelihoods, empowering women, and combating climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean cookstoves.  Since the launch, the Alliance has been working on activities that will help them achieve the goal of having 100 million homes adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.

One important step the Alliance has undertaken is the creation of nine working groups that will be charged with identifying and prioritizing the critical steps necessary for the sector to reach a ‘tipping point’.

Sebastian Africano leads a clean cookstove focus group in Haiti.

These outputs will form the basis of both a public ‘Clean Cookstoves Sector-wide Priorities Report’ as well as the long-term strategic plan of the Alliance.

The Alliance Working Groups include the following nine topics: Health, Climate Research, Standards and Testing, Technology and Fuels, Finance and Investment, Carbon Finance, Reaching Consumers, Humanitarian, and Monitoring and Evaluation. Each Working Group is chaired by two leaders in the cookstoves field, populated with experts from the cookstoves sector or related fields, and will be operational through mid-2011.

“These Working Groups offer an excellent opportunity for Alliance partners to help shape the future of the Alliance — and the clean cooking sector – over the life of the initiative and beyond. The groups will each identify and prioritize a suite of critical steps necessary for the sector to reach a “tipping point.” These outputs will form the basis of both a public “Clean Cookstoves Sector-wide Priorities” report, as well as the Alliance’s long-term strategic plan.”

Stuart Conway Visits NYC for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Official Launch

Stuart Conway helps build a fuel-efficient Justa stove in Tiquisate, Guatemala.

Stuart Conway, Trees, Water and People’s co-founder and International Director, will be attending the public launch of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves today in New York City.  The event will celebrate the recent announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. has committed $51 million in seed money over five years for the new project.

According to the United Nations and the World Health Organization, smoke from indoor air pollution kills 1.9 million women and children each year and contributes to global climate change from soot emission and deforestation.  The goal of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is to bring 100 million fuel-efficient, clean-burning cookstoves to Africa, Asia, and South America by 2020.  Alliance partners include: Morgan Stanley, Shell Foundation, UN-Energy, UN Environment Programme, United Nations Foundation, World Health Organization, U.S. Dept. of State, and U.S. EPA.

Stuart Conway, winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and the UNEP Sasakawa Prize, has been at the forefront of the clean cookstove industry since 1998, when he co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP).  In partnership with the Aprovecho Research Center, TWP has developed several types of fuel-efficient stoves that use 70% less wood than traditional open fire stoves and reduce indoor carbon monoxide and particulate matter by up to 80%.

TWP uses a community-based approach to sustainable development because we believe natural resources are best protected when local people take an active role in their care and management; community members must be collaborators and not just recipients.  Our stove programs have remained successful because we train local people how to build, use, and maintain stoves themselves using local materials and culturally appropriate design.  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 our Fuel-Efficient Stoves and Reforestation Programs click here.

Updates from D.C.

September 22nd, 2010 (1:40 pm):

“Had sessions with Senator John Thune from South Dakota and Representative Jared Polis from Colorado.  Much excitement about Lakota Solar Enterprises’ work.  Polis was also very interested in the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves.”

United Nations Foundation announces new Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Initiative

A woman cooks tortillas on her forest-saving, fuel-efficient Justa stove in El Salvador. TWP's stoves reduce fuel-wood consumption by 70% and indoor air pollution by 80%, greatly reducing deforestation and health problems.

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.