UNCDM 10182 Biomass Energy Carbon Offset in Malawi

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Project Details


Biomass, especially firewood and charcoal, is widely used in many developing countries as a fuel for cooking, particularly in rural areas. It is generally carried out on thermally inefficient traditional devices that produce large amounts of CO2 and indoor pollution which can cause respiratory health hazards.


The project provides fuel-efficient cookstoves which reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere for cooking the same amount of food. Households save money by having less fuel requirements and health is improved through the reduction of indoor air pollutants


The project provides fuel savings for many poor households and reduces consumption of non-renewable wood. It  can lead to a significant reduction in the annual usage of biomass and a decrease in the rate of deforestation, which has a positive impact on biodiversity.


Projects like these have distributed thousands of efficient cookstoves to replace open fires. They reflect traditional woodfire methods, but require approximately sixty-six percent less firewood. They considerably reduce smoke emissions and improve community health in developing countries.


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