Report Finds Clean Cooking Can Reduce Harmful Black Carbon Emissions
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has just released the Black Carbon Finance Study Group Report highlighting the important role reducing black carbon emissions could play in preventing premature deaths and mitigating climate change. The report describes how clean cooking technologies can play a significant role in reducing black carbon emissions. Two key recommendations from the report are highlighted here, along with progress that has been made in the cookstoves and fuels sector to reach these goals.
Recommendation: Funding the development of black carbon technology performance standards so that investors can ensure that activities are reducing black carbon emissions and achieving public health and climate benefits.
What the Alliance is doing: In the residential cooking sector, the development of the ISO performance standards and guidelines are well underway, including methodologies and indicators for evaluating technologies and fuels for black carbon emissions.
Recommendation: Implement innovative results-based payment programs to widen the distribution of cookstoves and fuels that reduce or eliminate black carbon emissions.
What the Alliance is doing: In an effort to drive finance into projects that provide an immediate and scalable impact on climate change, the Gold Standard Foundation has developed a methodology for evaluating emissions reductions of black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants due to cookstoves and fuels projects. This methodology is complementary and will build off of the ISO standards that are being developed.More information on this methodology can be found here.