- Project overview
- Energy efficiency
- Lesotho: Efficient Cookstoves
|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 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.
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.