Envirofit Expands Clean Burning Cookstoves to Meet Global Demand and Help Solve Indoor Air Pollution Problem
According to World Health Organization, nearly half the world’s population – nearly 3 billion people – cooks their daily meals indoors using traditional fire and stoves, burning biomass fuels like wood and crop waste. These traditional cooking methods are inefficient, waste fuel and are deadly, converting the burning biomass into toxic substances. The resulting Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) kills 1.6 million people every year, more than 85 percent of which are women and children under five. In addition, recent research has revealed that the soot from developing world cooking fires is second only to CO2 in affecting global warming. As such, government agencies and global leaders have been promoting improved cookstoves as a potential stop-gap solution to slow global warming effects.
“Indoor Air Pollution is a poverty, energy, health, climate change and gender issue that impacts half the world’s population. If we can find a financially viable, sustainable, scalable solution we will – in one go – have a positive impact on all of these areas. Envirofit’s new stove represents a significant step forward in this endeavour,” said
Since unveiling its first line of clean cookstoves in
“Our stoves are clean-burning and incredibly efficient, reducing cooking time by at least half and reducing smoke and toxic emissions by up to 80 percent. Our stoves also use up to 60 percent less fuel than traditional stoves. These benefits significantly improve the lives of customers in the developing world, while having a net positive impact on the global environment,” said
Working with the Engines and Energy Conversion Lab at
In addition to the research and development behind stove performance, Envirofit is also launching the Envirofit Cooking System. After purchasing the core G-3300 single-pot cookstove, this integrated system allows customers to purchase matched accessory products that expand their cooking options and improve cooking efficiency. For example, the Envirofit G-3355 accessory adds a second cooking surface and chimney option, while the G-33LPG accessory gives users the option to use a second fuel source – LPG. With expansion into new global markets, the Envirofit Cooking System(TM) allows Envirofit to quickly develop appropriate accessories to match the varied cooking styles of customers around the world.
Envirofit cookstoves are engineered not only to be high-quality, but also affordable for emerging market consumers, costing the equivalent of one to three weeks wages. However, based on fuel savings alone, the stoves pay for themselves in less than six months. In addition by partnering with reputable microfinance groups, Envirofit has enabled some of the lowest-income customers in the world the opportunity to purchase stoves and improve their lives.
“Envirofit provides Grameen Koota members a clean cookstove that not only reduces Indoor Air Pollution, but uses significantly less wood and saves time and effort in cooking,” said
In addition to MFI groups, Envirofit has partnered with global distributors, international NGOs, carbon development managers, and government agencies in more than a dozen developing countries, including
About Envirofit International
Founded in 2003, Envirofit International is a non-profit organization that uses a sustainable, scalable enterprise-based business model to solve global health and environmental problems. Envirofit develops and distributes products that provide economic, social and environmental benefits to emerging market consumers. The company’s signature products include a direct-injection retrofit of dirty two-stroke engines and a line of clean cookstoves. Envirofit is interested in working with international distributors, NGOs, and government agencies to expand into new markets. Visit www.envirofit.org for further information.
About Shell Foundation
Shell Foundation was established by Shell Group in 2000 as an independent, UK registered charity operating with a global mandate. It focuses on enterprise-based solutions to poverty and environmental challenges linked to the impact of energy and globalization. It acts like an investor, identifying financially sustainable solutions to these challenges that can be taken to scale and replicated to achieve global impact. By 2010 the Foundation will have used
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