Credit Kate Holt - Ugastoves producer

Photo Credit: Kate Holt

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.

Key Benefits:

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

Source: Climate Care *; The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010**