Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Achievements
The Alliance has established itself as the global knowledge hub for the cookstoves sector. They have over 1,300 partners and to-date have leveraged $400 million funding into the sector from governments, the private sector and NGOs.
One of the Alliance’s most significant achievements has been to draw international attention to the issues around inefficient cooking in the developing world – and to place the problem firmly on the public agenda. To aid this work they have secured support from a range of high-profile ambassadors including former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chef José Andrés, actress Julia Roberts and Ghanaian football star, Steven Appiah.
By upgrading these dirty stoves, millions of lives could be saved and improved.
Clean stoves could be as transformative as bed nets or vaccines
One of the greatest barriers to scale for the clean cookstove sector is the lack of international standards and benchmarks to assess the quality of improved stoves and provide a valuable assurance for consumers and investors. In 2011, the Alliance and the International Standards Organisation gained a broad consensus for a methodology to benchmark stove quality across several parameters including emissions reductions, fuel efficiency, durability and affordability – a big step towards this goal.
The Alliance has also commissioned market assessments of the cookstove and fuel markets in 18 countries to guide the flows of private capital and the government interventions at a regional and national level, and have supported the creation of regional collaborations in Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda to support the growth of efficient markets.
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