Today the Dutch energy utility Eneco Energy Trading and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation launched the first ever Programme of Activities (PoA) for Improved Cookstoves in Nepal. Eneco is already at the forefront of enabling this innovative area of the carbon market as buyers of the first ever registered PoA (the Cuidemos lightbulb replacement project in Mexico) in 2009.
SNV has been pioneering carbon finance mechanisms by promoting renewable and alternative energy solutions like biogas and Improved Cookstoves in many developing countries since 1989. Both Eneco and SNV have worked hard to enable this project in the remote Far Western Development region of Nepal, which will have positive health impacts on up to 150,000 households by the time the programme is fully implemented. Additionally the programme will significantly decrease the rates of deforestation in the area as the need for firewood, and its impact upon native woodlands, will be greatly diminished.
The project replaces three stone-fire cookstoves with Improved Cookstoves, which will be manufactured in Nepal using a more efficient design. The project will primarily target the rural poor and will have positive gender impact on women by reducing indoor air pollution and the workload associated with meal preparation and cooking time. Each stove is able to reduce 1.2 to 2.4 tons of carbon dioxide, per annum.
Speaking for Eneco, Mark Meyrick, Head of Eneco’s Carbon Desk, said: “We are proud to be associated with a project that hits so many of our sustainability targets simultaneously. We are a great believer in the value and long-term benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and to be able to do a project that addresses carbon emissions abatement, deforestation and poverty issues in current market conditions, is wonderful news. We enjoy working with SNV because of their vast experience in rural energy and their local presence”.
Speaking on behalf of SNV, Rem Neefjes, SNV Country Director Nepal, said: “This is an exciting moment, as this success adds yet another milestone towards developing a sustainable ICS market together with the private sector in one of the poorest regions of Nepal. Women will be able to cook smoke free, children will be healthier, employment is created and forests are saved. The carbon revenues will ultimately pay for all the costs. Through this ‘self-financing’ mechanism hundreds of thousands people will benefit. We are keen working together with Eneco, tapping into their wealth of energy knowledge and carbon market expertise, setting both the example of how private companies and development organisations can successfully work together”.