June 17, 2013 – GERES is invited to participate in the Bonn International Cooking Energy Forum from June 26th to 28th and will be introducing StovePlus, an ambitious program aimed at tackling energy poverty in Asia and Africa.
Nearly 3 billion people in the world rely on solid biomass for cooking and heating on a daily basis, but most of them use inefficient devices and open fires. This situation leads to nearly 2 million premature deaths every year according to the World Health Organization. Reliance on biomass also puts great pressure on natural resources, putting the world’s forests at risk.
In 2002, GERES introduced the New Lao Stove (NLS) in Cambodia as an alternative to inefficient traditional cookstoves. Its improved design and insulation made it more resistant and less energy consuming. By relying on the local private sector to produce and distribute the NLS stove, GERES and its partners reached the outstanding number of 2 million improved cookstoves disseminated across Cambodia.
Based on its 15 year experience, GERES is launching StovePlus, a program aimed at strengthening the clean cooking sector and providing technical support to project developers in South-East Asia and West Africa. The team of experts dedicated to this program holds a unique understanding of the actions needed to overcome the challenges and barriers facing the sector.
StovePlus is now ready to take off and start coaching project developers on clean cooking solutions worldwide, a goal that is in line with the work led by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC).
From June 26th to 28th, 2013, the StovePlus team will be in Bonn, Germany, to take part in the International Cooking Energy Forum, co-organized by the German government and GACC. The conference aims at strengthening European commitments in the clean cooking sector.
At this occasion, StovePlus will be officially launched with the clear objective to contribute to the dissemination of 2 million Improved Cookstoves by 2017.
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