Institutional Improved Cook Stoves for Schools and Institutions in Uganda
About 90% of the total primary energy consumption in Uganda is generated through biomass: firewood (78.6%), charcoal (5.6%) and crop residues (4.7%). Every year 19,700 people die as a consequence of using 3-stone fires for their daily cooking activities. These traditional stoves have been associated with extremely low efficiency with 93% of the energy generated being lost during cooking. Not only does it result in indoor and outdoor air pollution, but also contributes to regional deforestation and forest degradation - from 1990 and until 2010 more than 39 % of the existing forest disappeared.
Currently, about 90,000 hectares (equals 900 km²) of forest cover are lost annually, which leads to fuel wood scarcity in rural areas and increasing price levels of charcoal and firewood. Only 10% of the population is accessing clean energy for cooking.
Simoshi is a social enterprise dedicated to improving the livelihoods of children and their families by bringing a cleaner, healthier and environmentally friendly technology via the installation of institutional improved cook stoves (IICS) to low-income individuals, especially women and children, by changing the traditional cooking practices used in schools in Uganda.
Benefits of this project achieved so far:
• 7,380 tons of CO2 emissions reduced per year • 57,400 number of children benefitted from indoor and outdoor air pollution • 8,036 tons of firewood saved per year • Over USD 80,000 saved by 82 schools on firewood purchases per year • 287 institutional improved cook stoves disseminated and maintained every year
Why Offset Your Carbon Footprint with Us?
When you purchase carbon credits from Simoshi, you do not only offset your carbon footprint but also make this project activity a reality – it would have never happened in the absence of carbon finance. Your contribution positively impacts the school finances, reduces air pollution and health related problems for children and cooks, decreases the deforestation impact, subsequent CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, while also empowering women and children in Uganda. Simoshi's strong relationship of trust built with schools through monitoring, on-going staff training and free annual IICS maintenance, are the added on value and innovative project's pillars necessary for the behavioural transition to happen, and this is all possible through your contribution to mitigating climate change.
Sustainable Development Goals Achieved and verified by Gold Standard for the Global Goals (GS4GG): Through its intervention, this project achieves nine United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): SDG 1- No poverty, SDG 3 - Good health and well-being, SDG 4 - Quality education, SDG 5 - Gender equality, SDG 7 - Affordable Clean Energy, SDG 8 - Decent Work and economic growth, SDG 13 - Climate action, SDG 15 - Life on land, SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals.
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