Every year, Macmillan assesses which projects to support through its purchases of carbon offsets. One of the seven projects we supported in 2014 is a cook stove project in Uganda, called Ugastove. These highly efficient stoves use 36% less fuel than traditional cooking methods, cutting carbon emissions and substantially reducing indoor air pollution.
In Uganda, more than 90% of people burn wood to make charcoal for cooking. For every ton of charcoal produced, 8 tons of trees are cut and burned. If this pace continues, it is estimated that there will be no forest left in Uganda in another 40 years*. Supporting this Ugastove project helps to create a positive societal and environmental impact.
Saving Money – reducing fuel needs by 36% saves families money
Improved Health – cutting toxic fumes and indoor air pollution that cause pneumonia and premature death**
New Jobs and Skills – 210,000 stoves have been manufactured in Uganda since project inception and 159 people employed
Reduce Labor – school children and women spend less time gathering wood to burn and more time with their families or in school
Slows Deforestation – reduces wood demand, protecting the forest, which also reduces soil erosion and flooding.
Watch Climate Care’s video on Ugastoves to learn more about the project HERE