Empowering Local Energy Entrepreneurs and Catalyzing Low-Cost Loans Key to Cook Stove Initiative
UNEP Joins Major International Initiative to Boost Women’s Health, Cut Deforestation and Provide Significant Climate Benefits
September 21, 2010
United Nations Environment Programme
NEW YORK — The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) joined international efforts to dramatically boost the efficiency of around three billion cook stoves across Africa, Asia and Latin America with the aim to protect women’s health and provide significant environmental benefits.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, launched, Tuesday, during the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, is part of the Global Clinton Initiative and spearheaded by the UN Foundation. It aims to cut the estimated 1.6 million to 1.8 million premature deaths linked with indoor emissions from inefficient cook stoves.
The initiative will also make a contribution to reducing deforestation by curbing the large quantities of wood and other biomass used to make charcoal or by households switching to alternative fuels including cookers powered by solar energy.
Other fuels include liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and a new one called “gel” fuel consisting of ethanol and organic pulp—community-based biofuel projects could be developed to make the gel fuel, thus saving households money, generating employment and offering alternative livelihoods.
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