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Clean Cook Stoves in Sub-Saharan Africa


​​​​​​​​CUSTOMER: ClimateCare Limited

PROJECT GOAL: CDM PoA validation. RINA SERVICES reviews the project documents and their conformity with UNFCCC criteria and/or requirements.

The end result of this process is a validation report that identifies any follow-up actions required to resolve outstanding issues, the nature of the responses provided by the organisation, the methods used to validate those responses, specific references to any amendments made to the project documents or the supporting annexes and expresses an opinion as to whether or not the project can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


DESCRIPTION: After a detailed, complex activity that began in July 2012, the first Programme of Activity (PoA) handled by RINA SERVICES was registered by UNFCCC on 30 November 2012. From 2009 to 2012, UNFCCC registered only 90 PoAs: this is the outright first one that falls within an energy efficiency programme developed in Ghana.

The goal of the PoA is to introduce wide-scale use of efficient charcoal cooking methods in Ghana, with the prospects of gradually expanding this to other nations on the Sub-Saharan continent over the next 28 years.

The goal of this project is to help reduce global GHG emissions, pressure on forests and woody biomass resources, indoor air pollution and energy savings.

The main cooking fuels used by families in Sub-Saharan Africa are wood and charcoal (about 80% of energy consumed). In many nations of Sub-Saharan Africa, charcoal is the predominant fuel choice in most households.

The low cost and lack of available alternatives ensure that the percentage of the population using charcoal in rural zones is quite high across the continent; on the other hand, in urban areas, the use of charcoal as the primary fuel varies according to the availability of alternatives and of their prices.

The stove resulting from this project is made like a kind of pot, with a conical grate that improves the efficiency of the charcoal fuel and reduces air pollution.

This “pot-pot” is constructed locally, and enables technologically independent energy efficiency; it also creates job opportunities in the supply chain, in administration and other related jobs. 

SKILLS: The project was validated by a RINA SERVICES team formed of people with specific know-how in the validation of CDM projects and in energy efficiency.