Partners and Projects: South Pole Carbon & Oserian Flower Farms Fuel efficient cookstoves - Kenya

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Project to replace open wood fires with fuel efficient cookstoves to reduce the demand on non-renewable biomass. Gold Standard Certification

Return on investment:

A group of investors provided the funding necessary for the initial stages of the project. All investors have the same interest – to assist the local Masai community to transition to modern, fuel efficient cookstoves, thereby reducing respiratory disease and protecting the environment.

Shared value:

Local community:
reduced exposure to smoke inhalation, reduced time spent on looking for firewood, healthy forests.
Oserian Flower Farm/flower industry:
local community health and regenerated ecosystem also provides an opportunity to offset GHG emissions related to flower farming..

Known as a top tourist destination for safaris and wildlife, remote parts of Kenya continue to be impacted by water shortages, poverty and disease.

South Pole Carbon is an international company that specializes in reducing greenhouse gases and developing innovative climate friendly solutions. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the company was named "Best Project Developer" in Environmental Finance's Voluntary Carbon Market Survey.

With 16 offices around the globe and operations in 25 countries, the company enables the implementation and operation of high-quality emission-reduction projects that address climate change and sustainable development. South Pole Carbon's portfolio includes, among others, projects that centre on renewable energy, forestry, energy efficiency, waste management and methane avoidance.

Featured Project – Fuel efficient cookstoves in Kenya

Locally-produced modern cooking stoves replace open fires or inefficient charcoal stoves, thus reducing demand for non-renewable biomass. This diminishes the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere, protects forests and wildlife habitats, reduces respiratory illnesses, and shortens firewood collection time (which can take up to 8 hours per day!). The latter two points apply mainly to women and children.