CookClean: Efficient cookstoves in Ghana

  • Technology: Household Devices
  • Region: Africa

In Ghana, 80% of people depend on woody biomass for cooking. This is depleting the country’s forests by around 170,000 hectares per year and causing 54 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The burning of this biomass in the home leads to indoor air pollution. The WHO estimate that 16,600 people die each year in Ghana as a result of using traditional stoves to cook.

This project involves the distribution of CookClean’s high spec, efficient CookMate charcoal stove. Enjoying efficiency levels of over 50%, the CookMate is popular with customers for its durability and cost savings. This is partly as a result of its “pot skirt” design, which ensures the heat is delivered directly to the cooking pot. With almost 3 tonnes of CO2 a year being saved per CookMate stove, they’re helping protect Ghana’s dwindling forest cover.

The stoves are produced in the CookClean factory in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Training is provided to distributors, who are predominantly female, helping them grow their own businesses.

Case Study

Mrs Komala’s daughter was finding it very difficult to study using the kerosene lamp in their home due to the smoke it gave off and the poor amount of light it produced.

After installing Orb’s solar lighting system, Mrs Komala was happy to see her daughter studying without issue and could more easily attend her customers in their attached shop as well.

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CookClean project factsheet

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50% Reduction in fuel costs

1 million Expected cut in CO2 emissions

What the carbon finance delivers

This project is registered with the Clean Development Mechanism and has delivered CERs available for sale, as well as a forward stream. The carbon finance supports CookClean in its ongoing operations, servicing customers and producing more cookstoves.

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