Biomass will remain the primary source of basic energy for up to 80% of total energy consumption for families in most of southern Africa countries, and it is of paramount importance that the available energy is being used in an environmentally sound and socially responsible way
StoveAid aims to promote the use of fuel efficient cooking stoves in southern Africa
Day in and day out, for hours at a time, families breathe in lethal fumes from traditional cooking fires. Indoor air pollution currently claims the lives of 1.5 million people a year worldwide, or one person every 20 seconds. Women and children make up 85% of these deaths due to their increased exposure in the home.
The use of fuel efficient cooking stoves can significantly reduce total energy consumption, reducing both carbon emissions and deforestation.
Due to the higher combustion efficiency of modern fuel efficient cooking stoves harmful fumes and indoor air pollution are significantly reduced resulting in improved living conditions and health standards.
Fuelwood consumption is a significant cost to many urban poor in southern African countries and significant economic and social improvements can be achieved through reducing fuelwood consumption using fuel efficient cooking stoves.
StoveAid's charitable objectives are
To promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public by promoting the use of fuel efficient cooking stoves in Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
In particular, StoveAid aims to:
(a) promote the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources, via the promotion of fuel efficient cooking stoves which significantly reduce fuel consumption and therefore reduce both carbon emissions and deforestation;
(b) promote the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, via the promotion of fuel efficient cooking stoves. The use of such stoves can significantly reduce spending on fuel and improve cooking conditions by reducing cooking smoke, also thereby decreasing health problems caused by cooking smoke; and
(c) advance the education of the public regarding the use of fuel efficient cooking stoves, and sustainable development, the environmental and health benefits of using such stoves, in particular by promoting research in this area, provided that the useful results of suchstudies are disseminated to the public at large.
Sustainable development means "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".