This project is based in the Central Development Region of Nepal, including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitput districts, collectively referred to as the Kathmandu Valley. The total population is just under 2.5 million, and there are seven UNESCO world heritage sites within the Valley.
This project is distributing improved cooking stoves (see image below, right) with modern design features, such as a built-in metal or ceramic combustion chamber to families throughout Nepal. This ensures the stove is safer, more efficient, has a longer lifespan (around 7 years), and emits less harmful smoke.
In Nepal’s disadvantaged communities, many families are still using traditional cookstoves (see image below, left). These cookstoves produce high levels of harmful smoke – leading to respiratory problems, especially for women, and damaging the environment with greenhouse gases. Their inefficient energy consumption means a higher demand for firewood, putting excess pressure on nearby forests. Women are also spending unnecessary time collecting wood for cooking and money is wasted on excess fuel and healthcare needed for stove related injuries.
We’ve partnered with South Pole, a team of seasoned experts and absolute legends in climate change and renewable energy that tailor solutions and facilitate cooperation in various domains of sustainability.
This project is verified by Verra VCS - an external audit body that certifies climate projects at scale. Verra develops and manages standards that are globally applicable and advance action across a wide range of sectors and activities.