Energy Saving Stoves

These pilot project seeks to improve stove efficiency for individual households.This program provides a quick solution to short-lived pollutants that contribute to the greenhouse gas effect and are responsible for thousands of premature deaths across Kenya. Trees for the Future and Agroforestry Organization (TFTFAO), provides energy efficient cooking stoves to rural areas in an effort to reduce air pollution and a major contributor to climate change.

An estimated 5 million Kenyans depend on simple cook stoves that burn solid fuel, mainly fuelwood or coal. When households are filled with smoke from inefficient stoves, the toxic soot can increase the risks of developing pneumonia, cataracts, and tuberculosis.

More-efficient biomass stoves can reduce Kenya’s climate impact as well. Eliminating black carbon could quickly limit global warming due to the short period of time the particles remain in the atmosphere. Improved cook stoves supplied to community members could also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An estimated 0.5-1 billion tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent gases, notably methane, black carbon, and carbon monoxide, would be avoided. Besides the stoves reducing black carbon and other respiratory related diseases, they also reduce deforestation and curb desertification.

One energy efficient cookstoves uses 2kilograms of fuelwood compared to open fire cooking which uses 10 kilograms of fuelwood in a day. These efficient cook stoves enabled a superior and more efficient combustion process, which improves the air quality within the respective homes. 90% of people report less smoke, 80% have less eye irritations, 60% find it easier to breath, 50% report less coughing and 65% suffer less from headache. Besides this, improvements in environmental impact and health of women and children are vital.