Our award-winning cookstove project is the first registered carbon credit project in Sudan and the first to be developed in a conflict zone. It was developed by our UK project development team to improve household health by replacing traditional cooking methods – burning wood and charcoal inside the home – with low smoke LPG stoves.
The project is financed by the sale of carbon credits and we are delighted to be working with SCHARR who are now the main financers of Phase III of this low smoke cookstoves project which is having a very real and positive impact, not just on carbon emissions, but on improving the lives of people in Darfur.
26.1 million people in Sudan do not have access to clean cooking and are reliant on biomass for cooking fuel. High demand for firewood for cooking can lead to environmental degradation as supplies of dead wood are progressively exhausted and live trees cut down in an unsustainable manner.
Burning wood and charcoal releases large amounts of particulates, carbon monoxide and other pollutants. According to the World Health Organisation, prolonged exposure to biomass smoke is a major health risk, contributing to acute respiratory infections and other ailments in children. Each year 4.3 million people die globally from cooking-related indoor pollution caused illness – more than deaths from malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined.
Women and children are most vulnerable to this risk and also to the time commitments of cooking and collecting firewood, often to the detriment of their school attendance or their ability to work and gain additional income for their families.
In addition to this, Sudan is a country that is already affected by climate change. Drought and desertification are a reality. In Darfur, where there has been intense conflict for many years, there has been extensive damage to native tree cover leaving their natural resources and habitats depleted.
FRIEDRICH SCHARR KG, together with its subsidiaries supplies and distributes LPG, heating oil, natural gas, power, wood pellets and technical energy serivces in Germany. The company was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Stuttgart. They offer full-service energy solutions for their customers, both private and commercial. Learn more: www.scharr.de