The Save80 set consists of an efficient cook stove, pot and a ‘wonderbox‘ for simmering and keeping the food warm. Rice or beans can simmer in the ‘wonderbox’, while the remaining food is prepared on the Save80 stove.
Many people in rural Lesotho cook on traditional three-stone fires. Due to its inefficiency, large quantities of firewood are required. Furthermore, the hazardous smoke gases are harmful for the health of its users.
Ongoing deforestation and erosion are the consequences of increasing wood consumption. Due to its high efficiency, the Save80 stove saves 80% of wood compared to the traditional three-stone fire, leading to a sustainable level of wood consumption.
Bending and assembly of the stove parts are carried out by local employees of our partner organization in Maseru.
Cooking on the Save80 stove is very intuitive. Not only do the users need less time for cooking, but they save valuable hours collecting firewood, granting more time for other activities.
The time savings during firewood collection are confirmed by the users at the annual project inspections, where a UN accredited third-party institution visits the project and assesses the usage rates among randomly selected stove users.
The Save80 stove is safe in usage. Compared to the traditional three-stone fire, the risk of burning is minimized.
Last but not least, the taste of food is also an important factor. Many users confirmed that the food tastes much better since they use the Save80.
|Total savings :||20,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year|
|Technology transfer :||Efficient firewood stoves that save 80% of energy|
|Local environment :||Reduction in indoor air pollution and deforestation|
|Further advantages :||Lower energy costs for households|
|Financed by :||Deutsche Post DHL|
|Local partners :||Solar Lights, Save80 Climate Protection Group|
The scrubland disappears
The Lesotho bush is burning. This is not a sudden development, but rather is occurring gradually in many fire pits throughout the country. In order to meet the demand for firewood, much more of the scrubland is being chopped down than can grow back naturally. Under these circumstances, the country has lost about two thirds of its forests in the last 25 years. If the people of Lesotho continue to consume firewood at this rate, the nation will be completely deforested within fifteen years.
Saving the ecosystem with efficient cookstoves
atmosfair supports the distribution of Save80 efficient firewood stoves in order to reduce the consumption of natural wood resources. The Save80 stove requires approximately 80% less wood for cooking than traditional stoves do.
This efficient stove offers several advantages to the people of Lesotho. First, families will save substantial money and effort in obtaining fuel. Unhealthy smoke levels, which especially affect women and children, will be reduced. Another benefit is the containment of deforestation nationwide, which will prevent erosion problems. The use of the new stoves will also help on a global scale; every stove saves approximately 2 to 2.5 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is even more than the emissions created by a mid-size car driven 10,000 kilometres per year.
The project is financed through the Deutsche Post DHL Group and its GoGreen initiative. The Save80 stoves are delivered in pieces to Lesotho. The Deutsche Post DHL Group is a good and reliable partner and delivers the material from door to door. With the assistance of Solar Lights, a garage is being built for the assembly and repair of the stoves before they are delivered to the customers through a regional distribution network. In addition, the stoves’ producer added a cast iron pot to the stove set specifically for the people of Lesotho. This was a necessary addition because the most popular dish in Lesotho, corn porridge, cannot be prepared well in classic steel pots. A stove set consists of three pots with matching lids, the Save80 stove and a heat retention box. Even after the stoves are delivered, the users receive further support. Through its comprehensive guarantee and local distribution network, Solar Lights ensures that the stoves work for many years.
The CO2 emission savings are used for the GoGreen programme , which allows customers of Deutsche Post and DHL to send their shipments in a climate friendly manner. In order to ensure GoGreen customers that the project works and emission savings are accountable, atmosfair performs it according to the CDM Gold Standard. UN accredited auditors certify the actual CO2 savings as well as the positive effects for the local population and are being held reliable for every mistake.
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