- Project overview
- Energy efficiency
- India: efficient wood gas stoves
|Total savings :||600,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year in two projects|
|Technology transfer :||Wood gas stoves allow for efficient and smoke-free cooking and also produce charcoal|
|Local environment :||Conservation of mangrove forests, biodiversity including the Bengal Tiger|
|Further advantages :||Fewer expenses for household energy, less respiratory diseases by smokeless cooking, faster cooking, charcoal generated in stoves can be used or sold|
|Local partners :||Sapient (small company from Kolkata)|
atmosfair supports the large-scale dissemination of wood gas stoves, a new technology, with great success.
In West Bengal, one of the two project areas, the globally largest extensions of mangrove forests are found, representing a natural barrier against storms and rising sea levels. These forests are under severe pressure due to population growth and increasing consumption of firewood, with negative consequences for biodiversity and livelihoods of local people.
The second project area is located in Assam, best known for its ample tea plantations.
Since 2012, atmosfair subsidizes the sale of highly efficient wood gas stoves that reduce firewood consumption by 50%. To make sure that the new technology suits the needs of local users, it has been adapted in several pilot activities. Moreover, each user receives training by local project assistants at his home before finally buying the stove.
Two Gold Standard Microscale projekts had been registered so far and are now being extended by a CDM Gold Standard project.
Cooking on a wood gas flame is just as comfortable as cooking on a LPG stove, with no smoke and a very stable flame. The process of wood gasification also generates charcoal as a by-product which can be used by the households or sold. The projects offers to buy the charcoal back from households and then provides it to users of conventional charcoal like barbecue restaurants, which allows for additional CO2 savings.
Due to the reduced expenses for firewood and the revenues from charcoal sales, households can quickly recover the expenses for the stove. This improves the economic situation of locals and simultaneously prevents the destruction of the Bengal Tiger’s habitat.