Laos Clean Cookstoves and Health Initiative

CQC moved one step closer to the first ever financing of a large scale clean stoves program through forward sale of ADALYs. Working with the World Bank and the Government of Laos, CQC has been able to demonstrate that continued use of super clean “gasifier” stoves reduce air pollution and related morbidity and mortality cost-effectively in remote, rural, poor households in lowlands Laos. The lead researchers in the CQC designed initiative were UC Berkeley, supervised by Professor Kirk Smith, the global leader in households air pollution and health, and the ECB spin-off private consulting firm, Berkeley Air. Local NGO Laos Institute for Renewable Energy (LIRE), and the Dutch NGO, SNV played key roles in the supporting fieldwork and stove testing. Mette Rohr Boatman, of Geo-Sys consultants coordinated field work for the World Bank and undertook consumer acceptance assessments. The stove used is manufactured by Africa Clean Energy. The ACE stove reduced household air pollution by 75% and personal exposures of cooks by 45%. CQC’s economic analysis of a large scale project intervention show a plausible basis on which large scale distribution of stoves of this design offers a cost-effective means of improving health performance for families using wood fuels for cooking. The World Bank is reviewing requests from the Government to undertake the feasibility study for a full-scale super clean project funded by the private sector. CQC will continue to support the World Bank in the design of a clean stoves, clean air and health project.