Overview

Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires – the primary means of cooking and heating for nearly three billion people in the developing world – causes more than 4 million premature deaths, including more than 23,000 deaths in Uganda, every year. 

Cooking smoke contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, cataracts, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight. Women and young children are the most affected, with more than 6,800 children in Uganda dying every year as a result of acute lower respiratory infections caused by smoke from the use of solid fuels. 

Ninty percent of Uganda’s population relies on wood fuel for their household cooking and heating needs. Reliance on biomass for cooking and heating leads to environmental degradation from increased pressure on local natural resources and forces women and children to spend many hours each week collecting wood. Inefficient cooking also contributes to climate change through emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and aerosols such as black carbon.

 

Clean Cooking Can Help

The use of cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels can dramatically reduce exposure to harmful cookstove smoke, can provide myriad economic opportunities for Ugandans, and can help reduce forest degradation and slow climate change. More efficient stoves and cleaner fuels also reduce the time people—usually women and girls—need to spend collecting fuel, freeing up time for income generating activities or schoolwork.

 

Progress

  • Uganda has seen steady advancement in transforming the cookstoves and fuels sector in the past five years, here are some of the accomplishments and activities so far:
  • The Alliance has been working with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development to improve consumer awareness and stove quality
  • through a standards and labeling process.
  • The Alliance and its partners are lobbying the Ugandan government to eliminate the tax on cookstoves and components used to make cookstoves and push for enforcement of the import duty reductions for clean cookstoves in the East African Community.
  • The Alliance also continues to support the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking, which has improved coordination of sector stakeholders and is monitoring progress for the Uganda Country Action Plan.
  • The Alliance launched a behavior change campaign to encourage local consumers to adopt improved cookstoves as a way of saving energy and reducing smoke from cooking appliances. Dubbed Fumbalive (or “cook and live” in English), the campaign targeted five regions and is estimated to have reached close to five million people through roadshows, radio messages, home visits, and print and wall branding in peri-urban areas. 
Country Statistics
Population using solid fuels for cooking - 95%
Number of people affected by HAP - 37,080,000
Number of deaths per year from HAP - 21,000
Grants
12-3: Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers
Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers in Uganda- CREEC
Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC)
2012 - Uganda
Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers in Uganda- CIRCODU
Centre for Integrated Research and Community Development Uganda (CIRCODU)
2012 - Uganda
12-4: Field Testing
Cookstove Emission Performance Survey: Assessments of Promising Technologies in Priority Countries (CEPS)
Berkeley Air Monitoring Group
2012 - Uganda
12-6: Pilot Facility
Support to CDM-registered Improved Cookstoves for East Africa Programme of Activities - East Africa
Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa Ltd (ICSEA)
2012 - Uganda
Leverage Decentralized MFIs to Boost the Affordability and the Accessibility of Energy-Efficient Stoves in Uganda
UpEnergy
2012 - Uganda
12-7: Spark Fund
Providing Sustainable Market Channels for Household Energy Products in Uganda
Impact Carbon
2012 - Uganda
13-4: Spark Fund: Round II
Spark Fund, Round II: Eco-Fuel Africa
Eco-Fuel Africa
2014 - Uganda
13-6 Women’s Empowerment Fund
WEF Grant: Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps
2014 - Uganda
14-1: Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers
2015 Support to the Centre for Integrated Research and Community Development - Uganda (CIRCODU)
Centre for Integrated Research and Community Development - Uganda (CIRCODU)
2015 - Uganda
2015 Support to the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC)
Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC)
2015 - Uganda
15-2: WEF Round 2
WEF Round 2: Solar Sister
Solar Sister Inc.
2015 - Uganda
Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies Ltd
WEF Round 2: Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies Ltd
2015 - Uganda
15-3: Spark Fund Round 3
Spark Fund, Round Ill: Green Bio Energy Limited (GBE)
Green Bio Energy Limited
2015 - Uganda
Spark Fund, Round Ill: African Clean Energy (ACE)
African Clean Energy Pty Ltd
2015 - Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda
15-5: Catalytic Small Grants East Africa
Catalytic Small Grant - AES
African Energy Environment Saving Stoves & Construction Ltd.
2015 - Uganda
Catalytic Small Grant- Wana
Wana Solutions Uganda Limited
2015 - Uganda
Catalytic Small Grant - Ugastove
Uganda Stove Manufacturers Limited
2015 - Uganda
Gender and Humanitarian Grants
WEF Round 2: Solar Sister
Solar Sister Inc.
2015 - Uganda
WEF Round 2: Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies Ltd
Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies, Ltd.
2015 - Uganda
National Alliances
Support to the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking
Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking
2014 - Uganda
Market Manager



Daniel Wanjohi
Regional Representative, East Africa
EastAfricaQueries@cleancookstoves.org

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