Traditional open fires and inefficient cookstoves using solid fuels cause a range of harmful impacts...
that impede economic and social development and lead to significant loss of life in the developing world. Clean cookstoves and fuels have the potential to reduce deaths from smoke-related illnesses, mitigate climate change, and lower air pollution. They can provide new sources of livelihoods for women while reducing the risk and drudgery of fuel collection, and can lower household expenditures on cooking fuel.
Environment
Health
Humanitarian
Livelihoods
Women & Gender
Environment
The use of solid fuels and rudimentary cookstoves can cause environmental problems such as air pollution, climate change, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. Clean cookstoves and fuels can lower emissions of greenhouse gases, pollutants, and black carbon and help protect the environment.
Health
Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires causes 4.3 million premature deaths annually and contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as pneumonia, lung cancer, heart disease, low birth-weight, and burns. The adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels can save lives and reduce illness
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Humanitarian
Refugees, internally displaced people, and other crisis-affected populations lack access to clean cookstoves and fuels for cooking. Clean and efficient cooking solutions can help reduce the need for long and often dangerous trips in search of fuel, and improve outcomes in humanitarian settings.
Livelihoods
Reliance on inefficient stoves and solid fuels places economic burdens on families, as time spent collecting fuel or cooking for their families, means less time for women and girls to work in the paid economy or remain in school. Clean cooking solutions expand economic opportunities for women and girls.
Women & Gender
While women are disproportionately impacted by the health and economic impacts of traditional cooking, they play a crucial role in the widespread adoption and use of clean household cooking solutions because of their central responsibility for managing household energy.
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January 21, 2015

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March 16, 2015
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Contact Information
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