Senior Director, Climate Impacts and Standards
Clean, efficient, affordable, and reliable technologies and fuels are fundamental to building a global market for clean cooking solutions. Consistent testing methods and reporting metrics, as defined by international standards, help consumers and suppliers alike navigate this market.
With standardized protocols, regional testing and knowledge centers can evaluate and communicate how stoves and fuels perform. These results provide a valuable reference point to governments when setting policy, and drive stove and fuel manufacturers to improve their technologies.Explore the Clean Cooking Catalog
Standards clearly define the performance metrics for clean cooking technologies, including for efficiency, emissions, safety, and durability.
The best available international guidelines for stoves and fuels are being developed through an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) consensus process, specifically ISO Technical Committee 285. This committee, which comprises experts from 45 countries, has issued four publications to date: a standard on laboratory testing covering performance, safety, and durability (ISO 19867-1); a technical report on voluntary performance targets for cookstoves (ISO/TR 19867-3); a standard on field-testing methods (ISO 19869); and a technical report on vocabulary for the clean cooking sector (ISO/TR 21276).
Development of the standard, which was supported by the Alliance, was informed by learnings about the advantages and limitations of previous protocols, as well as the latest sector research. A key learning was the need to better reflect local context and practices, and the newly published document allows for customization in reporting, while still maintaining harmonization in testing to compare products.
Participating in standards development allows organizations and governments to share their experiences and priorities, which makes standards more relevant, consistent, and clear. CCA continues to support this process and encourages others to join.Read our Standards Factsheet
“Standards and labeling are important for consumer protection, ensuring that the people, especially rural consumers who are cash-poor, are getting the best value for money.”Naomi WaguraStandards and labeling implementation expert, CLASP
Testing helps ensure that stoves and fuels meet the expected standard and achieve the desired outcome, whether that’s improved efficiency, lower emissions, greater safety and durability, or some other characteristic.
Laboratory testing is conducted in controlled conditions by trained technicians, and is helpful when comparing various technical aspects of stove designs. However, laboratories are not kitchens; field testing is necessary to determine how cooking technologies perform when cooking real foods, with local fuels, by real cooks.
Partners interested in testing their stoves or learning more about testing should contact a regional testing and knowledge center.
In addition to the harmonized laboratory test protocols developed by the ISO, clean cooking partners have developed several other protocols, including the water boiling test, the biomass stove safety protocol, the controlled cooking test, the durability test, and the kitchen performance test. CCA collaborates with partners around the world to further develop and harmonize protocols.