A new type of stove is benefiting businesses, the environment and people's health in Laos
Traditional stoves used in Laos for cooking and heating consume a lot of wood and charcoal, harm the environment and create indoor air pollution that results in premature deaths.
The aim of the ‘Improved cooking stoves programme’ is to encourage people in Laos to replace traditional stoves with new ones that are more efficient, better for the environment and better for human health.
The ‘Improved cooking stoves programme’ is part of the EU’s ‘Switch Asia Programme’, which promotes the green economy across Asia.
15 local SMEs are sustainably producing 100 000 stoves to supply the market in Laos.It is expected that the improved cooking stove will eventually supply over 50% of the market.Energy savings of 50 000 tonnes of wood, 14 000 tonnes of charcoal and 125 000 tonnes of CO2 eq reduction are expected in Laos.