BURN

Type
Avoided Emissions with long-lived storage
Sub-type
Clean-burning Cookstoves
Location
Kenya & Somalia
Price
£ per Tonne:
14.36
Certification
Gold Standard
Objective
Provide efficient cookstoves to households in order to reduce charcoal usage.

About this project

In 1990, Peter Scott was traveling through Zaire when he witnessed the deforestation caused by charcoal production for household cooking. At that moment, he committed his life to save forests in Sub-Saharan Africa through the design and manufacture of fuel-efficient cookstoves.

In 2010, after spending 13 years as a cookstove consultant in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa, Peter launched Burn Design Lab and BURN Manufacturing Co. on Vashon Island, Washington. On a shoestring budget, BURN assembled a team of world-class designers and engineers who were also committed to designing the world’s most fuel-efficient cookstoves.

In 2014, BURN launched its first full manufacturing facility in Kenya - the first and only one of its kind. BURN is now the only vertically integrated modern cookstove company in Sub-Saharan Africa. The solar-powered facility currently has a capacity of 45,000 stoves per month and employs over 400 people, 60% of whom are women.

When BURN started there was little faith in the cookstove sector to deliver tangible results. Over the last 10 years, BURN has built a successful business while proving that cookstoves can deliver transformative social, financial, and environmental impacts. A recent study done by UC Berkeley shows that a $40 household investment to purchase a Jikokoa generates a staggering $1000 return for society.

Over the next three years, BURN aims to expand to Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Nigeria, and Ghana, launch five new products and increase production capacity in Kenya from 45,000 to 120,000 units per month.

Key benefits
  • Reduces the amount of charcoal used for household cooking and therefore reduces the associated emissions
  • Creates economic and public health benefits for communities
  • Backed by rigorous Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) which prove the impact of the stoves
SDG Certifications
01. No Poverty
02. Zero Hunger
03. Good Health & Wellbeing
04. Quality Education
05. Gender Equality
07. Affordable & Clean Energy
08. Decent Work & Economic Growth
11. Sustainable Cities & Communities
13. Climate Action
15. Life on Land

Criteria

Proven causality
Pass
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Moderate
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Very Strong
Randomised Control Trial (RCT) evidence shows that BURN stoves lead to lower fuel usages.
Additionality
Pass
Low
Moderate
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Very Strong
Offsets allow expansion into otherwise unviable areas for the initiative but they aren’t a significant a portion of the funding for the core business
Permanence
Pass
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Moderate
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Very Strong
The storage is within the fuels that weren't burnt, due to lower fuel usage. The vast majority of this is as long-lived hydrocarbons and therefore highly permanent
Secondary impacts
Pass
Low
Moderate
Strong
Very Strong
Fuel saving cost gives poor households more disposable income and, in some cases, the BURN stoves have health benefits compared to alternatives.

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