Clean Cook Stoves to Help Global Warming
Recent estimates suggest that around three billion people across the world rely on open fires or primary cook stoves that are fueled by coal and other types of solid biomass such as wood, charcoal and even animal waste.
Over-dependence on such polluting cooking solutions leads to a variety of environmental and health problems.
A clean cook stove is a novel cooking technology that meets consumer needs without affecting their health as well as the environment.
The key benefits of clean cook stove technologies are listed below:
Inexpensive and durable
Convenient to use
Do not emit toxic substances
Fast cooking times
Do not alter the taste of food
Easy regulation of stove temperature
Development of innovative technologies, access to finance, consumer awareness and novel distribution systems are the key factors that ensure widespread adoption of the clean cook stoves. In addition, shape, size, color and user-friendliness of the cook stove play a vital role.
However, the current challenges associated with the promotion of clean cooking solutions to customers include a lack of awareness about the economic, health and time-saving benefits.
The Global Alliance has created a ten-year strategic business plan with an aim to make 100 million families adopt clean cook stoves by 2020. The organization has planned to implement this by eliminating the barriers that currently limits the application of clean cook stove technology.