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Putting the cook before the stove: A user-centred approach to understanding household energy decision-making

Putting the cook before the stove: A user-centred approach to understanding household energy decision-making | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

This study seeks to better understand the most important influences over household energy choices, in order to identify practical ways to support communities shifting to cleaner energy use. The authors use a qualitative “generative” research methodology to investigate energy use and dynamics in four villages in Haryana State. They find a range of social, cultural and financial factors that influence the way people make decisions about energy and cooking, including the availability and flexibility of traditional fuels, the type of dishes prepared, the taste of food, problems with smoke, the aesthetic appeal of stoves, and how users perceive alternatives.

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[STUDY] Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

Rema Hanna, Esther Duflo and Michael Greenstone are the authors of a study on the long-run impact of improved cookstoves on health. The authors track households for up to 4 years after they received the stove. While they find a meaningful reduction in smoke inhalation in the first year, there is no effect over longer time horizons. They find no evidence of improvements in lung functioning or health and there is no change in fuel consumption (and presumably greenhouse gas emissions). The difference between the laboratory and field findings appears to result from households’ revealed low valuation of the stoves. Households failed to use the stoves regularly or appropriately, did not make the necessary investments to maintain them properly, and usage rates ultimately declined further over time. More broadly, this study underscores the need to test environmental and health technologies in real-world settings where behavior may temper impacts, and to test them over a long enough horizon to understand how this behavioral effect evolves over time.

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Quality Counts but Quantity is Encouraging

Quality Counts but Quantity is Encouraging | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

I was recently reporting some results for The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) regarding the number of improved stoves that GVEP International supported businesses sold in the period of Jan – Dec 2011. Although I have been working with these businesses and visited many of their production sites I was still amazed to collectively see the number of stoves that they sold.

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Access to clean cooking energy gathers steam

Yet the simple act of cooking at home poses a great danger to nearly three billion people – almost half of the world’s population, and in particular to women and children. East Africa is no stranger to this tragic reality.

This is because many households still rely on wood, charcoal, dung or agricultural waste (also referred to as solid fuels) to cook their meals on open fires or rudimentary and inefficient cook stoves.

 

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Pitching for a unified strategy for clean cookstoves in Malawi

Pitching for a unified strategy for clean cookstoves in Malawi | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

For many developing countries cooking and heating needs in rural areas are met by traditional cookstoves reliant on biomass fuels. This month, GVEP International was invited to present at a Clean Cookstoves Workshop aimed at engaging the support of Government of Malawi .

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Aid Groups Meeting in Kenya Promote 'Clean Cookstoves'

Indoor air pollution emanating from open fires or leaky cookstoves is the fifth-largest health risk in the developing world, according to the World Health Organization. Massive deforestation caused by households collecting firewood is also a huge problem. The use of so-called "clean cookstoves" - stoves that use clean fuel such as natural gas, or cut down on solid fuels such as firewood - is being touted as a way of combating indoor air pollution and deforestation. Aid groups met in Kenya's capital recently to fine-tune promotion efforts.

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Can Cleaner Cookstoves Help Save the World?

Can Cleaner Cookstoves Help Save the World? | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
The researchers behind the study, Rema Hanna of Harvard, and Esther Duflo and Michael Greenstone of theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, expected to confirm the health benefits of the $12.50 mud-based, chimneyed cookstoves installed in Orissa. In laboratory experiments, clean cookstoves have been shown to release fewer pollutants and burn more efficiently than traditional cooking methods. However, such tests can’t predict what will happen in the real world. That’s where a well-designed randomized trial is irreplaceable.
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The benefits of cooking with upesi stoves

Naomi talks to Practical Action about the dangers of smoke inhalation and how her life, and the lives of her children, have changed since cooking with a upesi stove...

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VIDEO | Clean energy workshop winds up in Nairobi, Kenya

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves led by Radha Muthiah, Executive Director convened a four-day regional workshop in Nairobi to deliberate on how to scale up clean cooking solutions across East Africa. The Alliance through the partnership of development partner like United Nations industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP international) and The Paradigm Project seek to improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance is targeting 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020 from 2.5 million currently. To achieve this the Alliance is working with its public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in developing countries.

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DOE funds biomass cookstove research - Biomass Power and Thermal

DOE funds biomass cookstove research - Biomass Power and Thermal | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
Biomass Power and ThermalDOE funds biomass cookstove researchBiomass Power and ThermalBy Lisa Gibson | April 30, 2012 The US DOE has announced up to $2.5 million in funding available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove...
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