Lesotho : Efficient cookstoves

Total savings: 20,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year, over 10 years
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 (private enterprise, Lesotho), Save80 Climate Protection Group

Project status Lesotho

This project is financed through Deutsche Post DHL's GoGreen programme of the Deutsche Post DHL Group of the Deutsche Post DHL. Thus, no atmosfair customer donations will be used to fund this project.

Fairtrade Carbon Credits enable rural communities a strong participation in climate protection projects. Capacity building measures, minimum prices for carbon credits and Fairtrade Premium payments strengthen communities in Lesotho and assist them in adapting to climate change. In 2016 the project issued a total of 10,076 Fairtrade Carbon Credits, which equals about 50% of all carbon credits issued to the Lesotho project in the respective year. Thus, the Lesotho project is the first certified project worldwide according to the strict regulations of the Fairtrade Climate Standard. The share of Fairtrade Carbon Credits is planned to increase in the upcoming years.


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.

A view of the plateau in Lesotho

A view of the plateau in Lesotho. The country consists predominantly of plateaus. Lesotho is the only country in the world with an elevation consistently above 1000m; thus, only 11% of the total land area can be used for agriculture.

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.

Our partners

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.

GoGreen and the Fairtrade Climate Standard

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.


In order to strengthen the participation of the local population in climate protection projects, Fairtrade International has developed jointly with the Gold Standard Foundation a new and additional standard for climate protection projects. It builds upon the Gold Standard certification and is called Fairtrade Climate Standard. The project in Lesotho is the first project to be certified according to the requirements of the new standard.


Communities in the global South are supported through the standard, in order to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. The users of the Save80 stoves have already been organized in village communities since the beginning of the Lesotho project. The Save80 Climate Protection Group was founded in 2016 - the national umbrella organisation of Save80 users in Lesotho. In cooperation with the project facilitator Solar Lights, the organization is implementing the project on site. In the future, the organization will receive a stable minimum price for the climate certificates sold, as well as a Fairtrade Premium per Fairtrade Carbon Credit, in order to implement measures to strengthen the self-management and adaptation to climate change. For more information about the Fairtrade Climate Standard, please visit the websites of Fairtrade Germany and Fairtrade International

Your contact at atmosfair

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Claudia Schonter | Managerin Klimaschutzprojekte

M.Sc. Integrated Natural Resource Management

☎ +49 (0) 30 120 84 80 - 63
✉ schonter@atmosfair.de