Qori Q'oncha, Cookstoves project, Peru
Peru: Piura, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Huánuco, Cusco, Huancavelica, Arequipa, Moquegua y Tacna
Funder and supplier
The Qori Q’oncha cookstoves project is working across Peru including the Andean Altiplano
The first improved cookstoves program of activities registered with the voluntary carbon market.
More than 3 billion people in the world still cook on traditional open fire stoves with solid fuel and 3.7 million people die each year from causes related to this combustion. It corresponds to 1 person dying every 8.5 seconds. In Peru 2,000,0001 families cook with solid fuels on open fires inside their homes and in many cases, without ventilation exposing people to smoke, dust and toxic gases generated by the combustion. This indoor pollution explains the significant incidence of acute respiratory and lung diseases in Andean rural families.1
It is possible to improve this situation through the construction and use of improved cookstoves that have an enclosed combustion chamber which burns much more efficiently and then evacuates the smoke from the house through a chimney.
Locally produced, the improved cookstoves from the Qori Q’oncha program are delivered with community members trained in installation and maintenance of the built-in stoves.
To Jan 2017, 106,056 improved cookstoves have been installed benefitting over 450,000 people from rural communities living in poverty.
Families in the Qori Q’oncha cookstoves project are benefitting from cleaner kitchens and more efficient cooking
To April 2017 the project has generated four carbon credits issuances, corresponding to USD 4.5 million given to Microsol’s local partners in order to ensure the durability of their projects. It currently includes projects of 6 projects developers in nine regions of Peru: Piura, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Huánuco, Cusco, Huancavelica, Arequipa, Moquegua y Tacna.
Overview of contribution to carbon reduction (tC02e for the project to date and target for whole project lifetime)
Improved cookstoves are simple and eco-friendly technologies, with two main features:
The technology also has other advantages such as:
Improved cookstoves of the Qori Q’oncha program are made out of adobe bricks for the platform, cast iron for the rocket combustion chamber and steel for the chimney. Adobe bricks are made locally with dried clay/straw mix and other spare parts are shipped from Lima.
Carbon management projects are able to contribute to improving the livelihoods of local their communities in significant ways. These benefits are a vital part of the broader aims of creating lasting social and environmental sustainability. The benefits are in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and include improvements to local economies through employment, higher value produce and infrastructure upgrades. Many projects will have health benefits, education improvements and a positive impact on gender equality. Different types of projects will carry different benefits. Research commissioned by ICROA and carried out by Imperial College in 2014 set to quantify the impact of voluntary carbon market investments.
For every one tonne of carbon emission reduction, cookstove projects deliver additional added value equal to $7243:
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