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Social and Economic Impacts of Improved Cookstoves, Lessons Learnt

Mass dissemination of fuel-efficient cookstoves and carbon finance in Cambodia: socio-economic impacts and lessons learned

GERES succeeded in the mass dissemination of fuel-efficent domestic cookstoves in Cambodia. This 10 year success story in mitigation and poverty alleviation brings key learning on an innovative approach which generated various economic and social impacts.

AFD and GERES gathered these lessons in a cooperative publication, which also includes methodologies for technology transfer, an impact assessment of the mass dissemination of fuel-efficent cookstoves and on how an ICS dissemination methodology can be reproduced from Cambodia to other countries.

The publication will be launched during a side event at COP15. The session, organized in partnership with AFD and Action Carbone, will present 2 success stories (GERES and Action Carbone experiences) that highlight the possibilities for combining local community development and climate change mitigation through innovative financing.

Location: EU pavilion, in partnership with AFD and Action Carbone, Dec 7, 2009, 6pm.

Speakers: AFD (Denis Loyer,Olivier Grandvoinet), Action Carbone (Yann Arthus Bertrand, Matthieu Tiberghien), GERES (Samuel Bryan, Swan Fauveaud).

Context: Mass dissemination of household cookstoves in urban areas and climate change mitigation

As a primary energy source, biomass is used daily for household cooking by half of the earth’s population. Businesses, institutions and individuals in developing countries rely on inefficient cooking equipment which results in high energy losses, not to mention the negative impact on the environment and health caused by their use.

GERES has developed a more efficient cooking device (the New Lao Stove), modified from a traditional stove design, and trained local Cambodian stove producers in its manufacturing. The mass dissemination program contributed to the development of a specific know-how, focusing on standardization, along with dissemination and monitoring tools. Eventually, the program has opened the door to carbon finance in a successful way. After 10 years of experience in cookstove technology in Cambodia, GERES has gained recognition in the development sector.

Requests for collaboration have arrived from Asia, Africa and Latin America. But to proceed to project initiation, decision-makers and donors alike were in need of socio-economic data, intervention methodologies and innovative approaches.


This collected information will guide decision makers and development actors in their commitment to poverty alleviation and the fight against climate change.

The publication will:

– present innovative methodological tools validated for technology transfer

– assess quantitatively the socioeconomic impacts from the dissemination of fuel-efficent cookstoves in Cambodia. An in-depth socioeconomic impact study will present quantifiable data on producers and users (income increase and health benefits)

– introduce the international mechanisms used for climate change mitigation. The success story will show that, when tackled together, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation can add outstanding value to emissions reductions

– advocate the urgency to integrate energy biomass in poverty alleviation, climate change mitigation and natural resources protection


– Policy makers in both developed and developing countries

– International agencies

– International and local NGOs

– Training and/or research institutes

– Stakeholders in the carbon market

Available for distribution at COP15

In French and English language

70 pages