Description

The practice is run by the Adopt a Clean Cookstove Campaign – ACCC, a not-for-profit organization for advocacy, research, training and consultancy located at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology within Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda). ACCC is registered as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.
ACCC’s mission is to promote widespread dissemination, adoption and use of low emission appropriate cooking technologies and fuels using behavior change techniques in clean cooking interventions to achieve health, economic and environmental Impact.

Objectives and beneficiaries

Objectives:

- To support for research and development
- To support manufacturers in business development and capacity building
- To create innovative distribution models for clean cookstoves and fuels
- To discourage the cookstove users from using and collecting old, dirty and damaging fuels
- To educate the users of clean cookstoves on the risks and impacts of traditional cooking methods
- To conduct social marketing campaigns that target barriers and benefits of using clean cookstoves and fuels
- To conduct communication campaigns on purchase of clean cookstoves and fuel
- To encourage the manufacturers and suppliers of clean cooking technologies to provide financing options such as rent-to-own, free trial periods and micro-loans
- To mobilize economic and financial incentives for clean cooking sector such as subsidies
- To engage change agents, including sales representatives, community health workers and peer educators in the promotion of clean cooking technologies
- To involve the consumers in product design processes of clean cooking technologies
- To conduct training for users on adapting to a new fuel, e.g. dry wood cut to correct size
- To encourage the manufacturers to provide instructions on cooking techniques such as lighting and maintenance
- To conduct training on maintaining the stove according to manufacturer’s instructions
- To encourage the users to remove old, dirty stoves and fuels
- To assist the users in modifying the cooking environment to increase ventilation (natural and technology based) in kitchen
- To encourage the users to use safe alternative place(s) for vulnerable family members
- To encourage the users to move cooking away from the main house
- To promote cooking habits that decrease exposure and fuel consumption
- To assist the policy makers in the formulation of standards for cookstoves and fuels
- To encourage the policy makers to enact laws that restrict and ban the production and use of inefficient cooking products (cookstoves and fuels)
- To encourage the government to subsidize the clean fuels and improved cooking technologies
- To advocate for environmental fees and taxes for users of inefficient cookstoves

Beneficiaries:

- Cookstove and fuel manufacturers, Installers, distributors and sellers
- Government Agencies like National Environment Management Authority, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Development, Ministry of Gender among others
- End users of cookstoves and fuels; commercial, households and institutions
- All stakeholders within the cookstove sector
- Academic Institutions, Research Institutions, Development Organizations and Donors

Strong points of the practice

"We are a team of more than 15 people who have volunteered to put up this initiative from the scratch using our own savings. We have a great passion for this organization with an overall goal of creating a positive impact in the field of environment especially climate change, economic and health. I myself has a a very great background in testing the performance of cookstoves and in terms of emissions and fuel use. I believe that our practice is one of the best that will l bring about an immediate impact in fighting climate change. In Uganda only 10% of the people, out of the 94% of the population that use solid biomass to cook, have access to clean cooking technologies. we hope that our practice could help to increase the usage of clean cooking technologies to at least 60% in less than 5 years. this would help to mitigate climate change once the deforestation rates and emissions from biomass fuels are reduced."

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

- Acquisition of technology (stove, fuel, hoods and chimneys) and switching to cleaner fuels like briquettes and LPG
- Development of new improved stoves that meet end users’ needs (clean, easy to use and affordable
- Technology and fuels regulated; policies implemented, Increased local capacity (skills and tools): To ensure correct installation and performance of improved stoves
- Decreased household fuel consumption
- Financial (promoting local economy by providing jobs, monetary savings and income generation)
- Increased local capacity (stove building and production fuels like briquettes and pellets and entrepreneurial skills) and also gaining community support of the programme
- Reduced time demand (cooking, fuel collection, school attendance etc.)
- Reduced emissions (both indoor and outdoor)
- Health and safety (diseases, burns and other accidents)
- Reduced environmental degradation (deforestation activities)

Replicability potential of the practice

These activities can be conducted in different areas within the country and in all developing countries that still have low adoption of clean cooking technologies.






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