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Cookstoves, Guatemala

Cookstoves, Guatemala – map and UN goals

Project name

Distribution of ONIL Cookstoves

Link to project documentation


Project location


Funder and developer

Coordinating Managing Entity for the Programme of Activities (PoA) and the Component Project Activity {CPA) implementer of the first Small Scale CDM project activities {SSC CPA): HELPS International Incorporated {"HELPS International").


Project Participants: C-Quest Capital LLC {"CQC") and Ecoeye Co.,  Ltd


Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Estimated Carbon Saving per year
The project is estimated to reduce GHG emissions by 4 tonnes of carbon emissions for every cookstove that replaces an open fire. 

Data and information has been taken from the publicly available documentation on the registry websites.

What's the project about?

In Guatemala, the majority of households use firewood for cooking.
A family stood in front of their new cookstove

This image is from the C-Quest Capital ONIL Cookstoves project in Guatemala

These fires cause respiratory problems and burns, and because they are inefficient, the high demand for wood to supply them contributes to deforestation rates. Deforestation is environmentally damaging because trees remove and store carbon emissions from the atmosphere.

How does the project generate carbon credits?

This project provides households with a fuel-efficient ONIL (concrete) stove that reduces the amount of firewood required. Every ONIL stove is estimated to save around 4 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The project is designed to reach over 350,000 households in Guatemala over the next decade with improved cookstoves and between 2013 to 2020 had achieved 63,961 Emission reductions (t CO2e), with 34,301 stoves in operation

A family being shown how to use their new cook stove

What are the wider benefits of the project?

The project helps rural families in Guatemala benefit from reduced fuel costs thanks to increased efficiency of the cookstoves compared to open fires. ONIL cookstoves use chimney flues to exhaust cooking gases outside of the building, which means families who are part of the project are less likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses. Other benefits to local communities include:

  • Less wood required for fuel reduces deforestation in Guatemala
  • Households can spend less time gathering firewood and more time on other activities
A woman stood next to her new cook stove