ClimateCare, an organisation dedicated to tackling climate change and improving lives, has partnered with Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS), a UK Aid-funded programme to develop a new and innovative methodology to measure carbon emission reductions from the use of electric and other metered cooking devices.
Around the world, an estimated 2.4 billion people rely on firewood and charcoal for cooking. This accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions and one quarter of global black carbon emissions, the second largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. In addition, up to four million people die prematurely every year from illnesses associated with exposure to smoke from polluting, open fires or inefficient stoves. Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels reduce carbon emissions and lessen the burden of disease associated with Household Air Pollution.
Through this ground-breaking research work, MECS and ClimateCare seek to catalyse a potential 1 billion tonnes of avoided carbon dioxide emissions per annum and will greatly facilitate projects that provide communities with clean, energy-efficient cookers to measure the carbon reductions they deliver in an approach robust enough to be verified by Gold Standard. As a result, such projects will be able to issue and sell carbon credits to help fund their work, enabling them to scale and accelerating the transition to modern energy cooking services across the globe. The new and innovative methodology quantifies carbon emission reductions through direct measurement of energy consumed.
The team is excited to announce that it has submitted the proposed methodology to Gold Standard and has successfully progressed through the first stages of review and approval. The final phase of the standard review process will now include a period of public consultation to which interested and qualified carbon and clean cooking professionals are encouraged to provide feedback.
Patrick Colas, Director of ClimateCare’s Nairobi office commented:
“We are delighted to once again be at the forefront of bringing carbon finance to scale clean cooking programmes around the world. We look forward to taking this to implementation with a pilot project once Gold Standard has approved the final methodology protocol. We hope that this methodology will take these projects to the next level by allowing carbon finance for even cleaner metered devices in future.”
Ed Brown, MECS Research Director, commented on recent developments: “We have been very pleased to cooperate with ClimateCare in developing this new approach which will use the smart data capabilities of modern energy cooking appliances to facilitate their carbon credit certifications. We hope and believe this will help to secure more carbon finance for modern energy cooking companies at lower costs and support their important contributions to the way we tackle climate change and improve the health of communities around the world.”
Once the methodology is approved, ClimateCare and MECS will take a pilot project through the registration and carbon credit issuance process.