Sustainable cook stoves in Darfur, Sudan

Reduce carbon emissions and save lives by replacing wood and charcoal with low smoke cook stoves

Low Smoke Cook Stoves for Communities in Darfur, Sudan

This award-winning project, the first registered carbon credit project in Sudan and the first to be developed in a conflict zone, provides low smoke cook stoves to communities, replacing wood and charcoal burning inside the home.

90% of households in Sudan use biomass for their stoves and for every 10 trees cut down, only 1.5 are regrown. In addition to this, burning wood and charcoal inside the home creates harmful gases and residue for residents. By providing low smoke cook stoves to these war torn communities, the project reduces deforestation and improves community health.

Full details of the project’s design, location and monitoring.

The project provides a number of additional positive impacts to families and particularly to women:

  • Almost 100% of families using the new cookstoves delivered by the project state that indoor air quality has greatly improved.
  • Each stove installed in a household in Darfur saves 4.5 tCO₂e – equivalent to one passenger flying 3 times between London and New York.
  • The Global Alliance for Clean Cook-stoves states that cooking with efficient low smoke LPG reduces most key pollutants by over 95% and reduces energy consumption by 50-70%.
  • 100% of households have reported decreases in energy expenditure
  • 26 % of women are starting new income generating activities, with a further 8%expanding existing activities with the time saved no longer having to collect wood.
  • 58% of women said they had more time to spend with their children.
  • 48% of women surveyed said their husbands have even showed more interest in the cooking with the new stoves.