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Clean Cooking Solutions Programme Nepal

The project aims to distribute 500,000 improved cookstoves in Nepal, with the aim of improving the lives of villagers, reducing deforestation, and offsetting carbon emissions.


Ganesha Cookstove Project

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Social causes


SDGs covered

Endorsed by

VNV Advisory Services Pte. Ltd.

Market of Implementation

  • Nepal


Use of non-renewable biomass: about 75% of Nepal’s population (4m out of 5.43m households) use solid biomass (firewood, cattle-dung, or agro-waste) as their primary fuel with traditional cookstoves. Clean cooking solutions are very important from the perspective of indoor air pollution reduction, impact on health, energy efficiency improvement, climate change mitigation, forest management, and gender equality.

Carbon emissions: the use of clean cookstoves has great potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, since each stove can lower a significant amount of CO2 per year, compared to the emissions from an open fire burning non-renewable biomass. 

Deforestation: in Nepal, despite actions to promote good forest management, deforestation is a problem in many areas that can be ameliorated by the use of clean cookstoves.

Health and safety: Studies show more than 8,000 premature deaths in Nepal due to indoor air pollution caused by open fires, and Ganesha stoves greatly reduce smoke.


Each Ganesha stove used in this project reduces emissions by 2 or more tons of CO2 per year. Once complete, the project will reduce GHG emissions by over 1 million tons per year. The amount of emission reductions by the project activity will be measurable and verifiable under the established procedures, mechanisms and standards of the UNFCCC. If necessary, the project will also be registered in the voluntary carbon registry.

Type of Carbon Reduced/Sequestered

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)

Amount of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Avoided/Sequestered

At least 1 million tons CO2 avoided

Means of Measurement

Third-party validator and verifier will be used to determine Certified Emissions Reductions under UNFCCC protocol.

Project’s Environment & Climate Capability

Climate Risk Reduction, Coordination on Climate Change Measures and Activities Across Relevant Actors

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