HOW DOES IT WORK.
Nearly 3 billion people worldwide cook their meals using inefficient cookstoves or open, three-stone fires that burn solid biomass fuels, like wood & charcoal. We are a leader in the movement to promote adoption, access and use of cleaner, healthier and more efficient improved cookstoves (ICS) focused especially on rural and peri-urban households in developing countries.
Our primary objectives in support of clean cooking are to: improve the health and well-being of women & children (most commonly the cooks of their households), by reducing exposure to toxic off-gassing and particulate matter (PM 2.5) in biomass smoke. Reduce deforestation, land degradation and support conservation agriculture. Further supplemented by our specific sustainable energy projects.
CQC’s cookstove projects reduce drudgery for women and girls by eliminating the need for a frequent gathering of large diameter firewood, often collected many kilometers away from their villages. Our drudgery reduction research has proven time-savings benefits for women & girls, and with the freeing up of time for other activities according to their preferences are engaged.
Furthermore, we help mitigate climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, including decreasing the unsustainable harvest of woody biomass, avoiding black carbon, and methane emissions from inefficient open fires.
Reduction of spinal, nerve, and muscle damage and risks of rape and physical abuse, falls, and attacks from animals while collecting wood.
Health improvements from the reduction of exposure to PM 2.5 and other toxic elements when inhaling biomass smoke while cooking.
Proven time-savings in cooking-related activities of up to 2 hours per day reduced time collecting fuel to less time cooking food over smoky fires.
Climate change mitigation by avoiding CO2, CH4, N2O and
Black and brown carbon emissions.
Fuel switching to sustainable crop residues and small-diameter on farm wood encourages agroforestry and village woodlots for fast-growing high yield wood which provides useable fuel faster given the need for only finger-sized firewood.
Reducing harvest of remaining trees in agricultural
landscapes and nearby forests and deforestation, protecting
watersheds and biodiversity and increasing resilience to climate
Drudgery reduction for women and girls.
Increased Food Security. Reduced biomass needed to cook and increased nutrient retention of cooked foods.