March 01, 2017

The Alliance in partnership with Eastern Research Group (ERG) developed the Comparative Analysis of Fuels for Cooking: Life Cycle Environmental Impacts and Economic and Social Considerations report and complementary tool. The report provides a snapshot of impacts resulting from the production of 11 different cooking fuels, including liquid and gas, as well as a range of biomass such as wood, agricultural residue, and bamboo. To complement the report, the Alliance and ERG developed the Fuel Analysis, Comparison & Integration Tool, or FACIT. FACIT enables stakeholders and Alliance partners to manually change parameters – such as fuel type, country, and indicators –  to compare the trade-offs of various cooking fuels and isolate the steps in the fuel production that have the largest impacts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) simultaneously conducted a life cycle assessment to compare the environmental footprint of current and potential fuels used for cooking in China and India. In addition to FACIT, users and partners can use the EPA study tool to access data and analyses that evaluate differences in fuels and other parameters, such as stove technology and sensitivity parameters.