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Ethiopia Cookstoves Project, Ethiopia

Combatting indoor air pollution and deforestation, this initiative delivers sustainable cooking solutions, fostering a healthier environment for a sustainable Ethiopia.

Project general info

ethiopia Ethiopia
Project goal
The project aims to distribute 150,000 energy-efficient cookstoves in households across Ethiopia to reduce deforestation, improve indoor air quality, and enhance community wellbeing.
Team members
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Nicholas Wall
Head of New Projects

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Jaco Hendriks
Project Manager

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Jaco Dekkers
Distribution Manager

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Jaap de Pater
Cookstove Production Manager

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Ferdinand Bleijenberg
Project Manager

Project description

The Ethiopia Cookstoves Project is an improved cooking solutions initiative aimed at improving the socio-economic and environmental wellbeing of households in Ethiopia. Through the widespread distribution and implementation of energy-efficient cookstoves, this project seeks to address critical challenges related to indoor air pollution and deforestation. Additionally, this initiative seeks to empower households with cost-effective and sustainable cooking solutions, contributing to a healthier environment and a more sustainable future for Ethiopia.

Project ID
Currently in the feasibility study phase.
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Positive impact on local communities

The project has significant social and environmental impacts. Socially, it reduces indoor air pollution, leading to improved respiratory health, particularly for women and children. It also empowers individuals economically through cost savings by using less firewood; increased productivity from quicker cooking times, providing additional hours for income-generating activities; gender empowerment, by reducing cooking time, women will have more opportunities for other activities like education and skill building; and local job creation to support the production, distribution, and maintenance of the cookstoves. 

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Positive impact on the environment

Environmentally, the project restores ecosystems and contributes to a healthier environment. It substantially reduces pressure on local forests; preserves natural resources by curbing deforestation through using more energy-efficient stoves requiring less firewood; improves air quality both indoors and in the environment by reducing pollutants; and positively affects water and soil conservation, reducing erosion and benefiting agriculture and water quality in the region.

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Project timeline

The feasibility study will be completed in Q4 2023. If feasible, the project will have a lifetime of a minimum of seven years.

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The Ethiopia Cookstoves Project pipeline

  • New projects
  • Feasibility study
  • Project design
  • Project validation
  • Project implementation
  • Periodic verification
  • Project completion

The project's impact

This initiative addresses challenges related to indoor air pollution and empowers households economically by reducing firewood usage, increasing productivity, and creating local jobs. Socially, it improves respiratory health, particularly for women and children, and promotes gender empowerment through reduced cooking time. Environmentally, the project restores ecosystems, reduces pressure on local forests, and positively impacts water and soil conservation, contributing to a healthier environment for Ethiopia

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150,000 cookstoves
2.5M tonnes CO₂
150,000 households positively impacted

Where the project is located

ethiopia Ethiopia

About this region

The project area is in Dodola, Oromia, Ethiopia, close to Bale Mountains National Park and vital forests. However, rampant tree chopping for firewood threatens unique biodiversity here, including rare species like the Ethiopian wolf and mountain nyala. Preserving these forests is crucial to protect these species and the ecosystem they inhabit.


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What we will achieve with this project


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Find out more in the project booklet

Join us to witness the incredible transformation as we breathe new life into once barren lands. Together, we can make a lasting impact and leave a legacy of environmental stewardship for future generations.

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Project investment process

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Assess your environmental footprint

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Invest in environmental solutions

Once you've measured your impact, the next step is to offset your carbon footprint and develop strategies that leverage nature-based solutions. Carbon offsetting is about investing in positive environmental impact. Our nature-based approach ensures you contribute to tangible, nature-positive outcomes that align with your values and vision, contributing to a more sustainable world.

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Report on your nature-positive impact

After you have offset your carbon footprint, you can celebrate being nature positive. You can communicate your positive impact to stakeholders. DGB can help you with your ESG reporting as well as corporate communication strategies. This isn't just about accountability and transparency; it's an opportunity to inspire others and showcase the tangible benefits of investing in nature conservation.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

In the context of international carbon markets and the Paris Agreement, Ethiopia currently does not have finalised national legislation corresponding with the internationally established Article 6 framework.

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