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Lesotho : Efficient firewood stoves

Total savings: Approx. 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)

Project status Lesotho

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


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.
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.

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.

Deutsche Post DHL delivers the Save80 stoves to Lesotho in pieces. 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 heating container. 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 emissions saved by this project will be used for Deutsche Post DHL's GOGREEN programme GOGREEN programme, which allows clients to pay a surcharge to offset the emissions they create by sending letters and packages. Because atmosfair is developing the project as a CDM Gold Standard project, GOGREEN clients can be assured of the project's efficacy. In all Gold Standard projects, UN-accredited auditors certify actual CO2 emission savings as well as the positive impacts on the local population. In addition, they are liable for all mistakes made with regard to these measures.