Carbon offset project in Eritrea: Program for Promotion of Efficient Cooking Stoves
In order to compensate for our emissions, we support a project which distributes efficient cooking stoves.
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700 tons VER from this project were bought to offset the Munich Re Foundation’s CO2 emissions for the year 2006. The project complements the Foundation’s existing activities in Eritrea.
Since the use of the stoves is strongly embedded in the popular culture a breakout to alternative technologies is unlikely to happen in the short term. This project aims at a village by village transformation from the traditional inefficient stoves to the new more efficient ones leading to a considerable reduction in the consumption of wood fuel and thereby causing a reduction of the emissions released by the stoves. The project consists of the implementation of a program for the promotion of the improved stoves including the training of local artisans, the education of local communities in health and home issues and the promotion of supplies such fire grate, chimney and rain cap, etc. Even the lack of this equipment represents the main barrier for the construction of the new stoves. The revenues from the sale of VERs shall be use to finance this non-local cash costs.
As a result of both the decreased energy ex-penses and the reduced home labour (wood collection) the program generates indirectly additional income benefiting mainly the poor-est households. Therefore, the project signifi-cantly contributes to poverty alleviation in one of the least development countries of the world. Furthermore the decreased biomass harvesting for wood fuel contributes to alleviate the highly deforestation pressures. During the last 40 years more than 50% of the forest cover has been lost.
The aim of the project is to help increase the standard of living for the rural communities in Eritrea through the delivery of modern energy services while pro-tecting the environment. Over a period of 5 years, the project will generate emission reductions of 27,868 t CO2.
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