All of the improved cookstove projects we verify under Gold Standard bring cleaner, more efficiency cooking methods to people across Sub Saharan Africa. All of the projects we certify reduce CO2 emissions, but we are also required to contribute to other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with our projects to certify our emission reductions.
We joined forces with Vita in 2017 to certify the carbon reductions resultings from their Improved Cook Stove Project in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region of Ethiopia. This project makes certified contributions to:
- SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being, by decreasing household air pollution,
- SDG 5 – Gender Equality, by reducing the time women spend collecting firewood, which unproportionally falls onto women and children.
- SDG 7 – Affordability and Clean Energy – by distributing stoves that reduce the cost of cooking through the improved efficiency of the cook stoves.
- SDG 13 – through reducing carbon emissions released from the act of cooking within the households involved in the project.
So far this project has distributed 5296 stoves, reduced household air pollution by 57% and time spent collecting fuel by 27%. The project has reduced wood use by 55,198 Tonnes and emissions by 38,722 tCO2e.