Clean Cooking and Heating

It is estimated that more than 2.6 billion people rely on traditional biomass fuels for cooking. Using solid fuel for this purpose can lead to highly negative economic, social and health impacts for low income households.

According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution is the single most important environmental health risk worldwide.Women and children suffer most from the adverse impacts of energy poverty as they spend a significant proportion of their time in the home and are responsible for cooking and gathering wood.

Our energy products offer solutions for clean cooking, heating and chilling. They reduce indoor air pollution and related health hazards, decrease carbon emissions and lead to time and cost savings for households, in particular for women.

Biogas works by converting animal dung, human excreta or other easily degradable organic materials into combustible methane gas which is used for cooking, heating, lighting and for milk chilling.The residue of the process, bio-slurry, is a high potent organic fertiliser which enhances agricultural productivity and replaces chemical fertilisers.

Fuel inefficient cookstoves expose women and children to injuries and respiratory illnesses due to smoke inhalation. To address these problems, clean, fuel-efficient stoves have been developed, with promising results in terms of wood-fuel intake and smoke emission. SNV makes these stoves available to those who need them, faciliating health, financial, and social benefits. Families are healthier and wealthier, and local improved cookstoves businesses are flourishing. ​ ​

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