Special Projects Director, Miquel Boix Tomas, said, “This was an important initiative for us on many levels. Not only have we been able to achieve a certification that our global customers appreciate, but more importantly, we’ve improved the lives of communities across the region.”
Cooking on open fires houses contributes towards over 1.5 million deaths per year worldwide, according to the WHO. By giving away gasifier stoves to the majority of its Kenyan tea tree farmers, Earthoil has cut harmful smoke, carbon monoxide and saved trees by helping communities to use less fuel.
Gasifier stoves are less polluting, smoke free and are much more efficient. This generates carbon credits for the company with which it can offset its CO2 emissions of its own African operations.
Miquel Boix Tomas championed the scheme and continues “When compared with the open fire, the new stove has twice the thermal efficiency, uses less than a third of the fuel, cuts poisonous carbon monoxide by a factor of 10 and smoke-borne particulates by a factor of 16. The wood-gasifier stoves can also use multiple types of fuel, such as crop residues, not just firewood and gasification yields reusable charcoal.