Reducing emissions and changing lives

Kenya’s Jikokoa stove project helps to reduce toxic smoke in Kenyan homes, creating healthier and safer living spaces and cutting carbon emissions.

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Cleaner cooking with the Burn Jikokoa stove saves lives and helps to tackle climate change, by making households safer and reducing smoke emissions in Kenya.

Helping investments in carbon offsets means that people have an opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint, while in many cases also supporting vital social and environmental projects.

As individuals and businesses, we generate unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide. To reduce our carbon footprint, we can help buy eligible offset units that fund projects designed to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a more sustainable future.

There are a diverse range of carbon offset projects – from those rebuilding and protecting natural landscapes, to renewable energy projects such as wind farms and hydroelectric dam projects. Others help under-privileged communities create healthier and more sustainable practices like Kenya’s Burn Jikokoa Stove Project that provides cooking solutions to help save money, lives and forests.

What is Kenya’s Burn Jikokoa Stove Project?

Kenya’s Burn Jikokoa Stove Project is designed to reduce toxic smoke in homes by providing clean cooking stoves to rural Kenyan households.

Traditional cooking methods in Sub-Saharan Africa involve burning solid fuel on smoky open fires and cookstoves. This method is inefficient as unnecessary heat is wasted, escaping around the pan. It also produces a great amount of smoke from the wood being burnt, leading to indoor air pollution which can cause respiratory disease and contribute to global climate change.

To counter this, the Burn Jikokoa Stove Project supplies energy-saving cooking stoves with a reduction in charcoal of up to 45% – reducing smoke emissions during cooking and significantly improving the health of the people living in these homes.

The Kenyan Jikokoa stove project uses funds received through the purchase of carbon credits to invest in research and development, marketing and distribution efficiencies to further improve the quality of the stoves.

It’s amazing to think that Australian energy consumers can be driving real progress for the lives of families in Kenya. If customers choose, through AGL, to offset emissions associated with the electricity delivered to their premises, those funds are contributing to making this project a reality. The funds also enable expansion to ensure the state-of-the-art Jikokoa stove reaches the widest possible market.

Image source: Climate Care

What does the Burn Jikokoa Stove Project mean to families in Kenya?

Aside from the environmental impacts of innovation projects like this one which reduces carbon emissions, this project is doing a lot of social good, too.

One of the most important reasons the Burn Jikokoa Stove Project has been such a success is that it has made homes safer for families.

80% of Kenya’s primary household energy comes from solid fuel. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cookstoves, leading to indoor air pollution which can cause respiratory disease, and contribute to global climate change.

Cooking smoke can contribute to a range of chronic illnesses and health challenges such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease and low birth weight.

Women and young children are typically the most affected, with more than 4,900 children in Kenya dying every year as a result of acute lower respiratory infections likely caused by the smoke from the use of solid fuels.

The impact of the Jikokoa stove on Kenyan families is clear. 89% of Burn Jikokoa stove customers say that their health has improved as a result of the reduced smoke in their homes.

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What are the social and sustainability benefits?

Each stove provided by this project reduces up to 1.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year – about the same as a flight from London to New York. As well as creating a healthier and safer living space and cutting carbon emissions, the stoves are also sustainable and convenient for the families using them – enhancing the way they live.

This project has additional indirect social and environmental benefits. The stoves are manufactured in a solar-powered factory, which employs more than 100 people and offers equal opportunities to women in a traditionally male-dominated industry. In fact, over 50% of staff at Burn (the manufacturer of the stove) are women.

As well as creating more jobs for women in the community, Climate Care says that families can actually save up to $300 per year in reduced fuel consumption by using the Burn Jikokoa stove in their homes.

AGL’s support for the Kenyan Burn Jikokoa Stove Project

AGL is enabling its customers to reduce their carbon footprint by contributing to carbon offsets that it has pre-purchased. These offsets come from projects that the AGL team has carefully selected for the additional benefits they drive for communities beyond their important carbon offsetting abilities.

When it comes to choosing carbon offsets, there’s a wide range of options to look at. But we believe in selecting projects that we think will make a real difference, which is why we’re supporting projects with Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

The Kenyan Jikokoa Burn Stove Project is one of those projects which AGL considers drives additional benefits consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. This is why we’ve chosen to support the project through its carbon offsets.

That means that when customers choose, through AGL, to offset emissions associated with the electricity delivered to their premises, they’re contributing to improving day-to-day life for Kenyan families switching to the Burn Jikokoa stove to cook their meals.

Images and information about the impact of the Burn Jikokoa Stove Project have been sourced from Climate Care.

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