Cooking shouldn’t kill, but nearly 3 billion people in the developing world still cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The resulting Air Pollution causes respiratory disease and in addition, millions of tonnes of CO2 are generated, contributing to climate change. Women and children are most affected and recent studies estimate that over 11,000 people die every day from these cooking methods – more than malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Improved cookstoves offer a simple solution. Using less fuel they save families money, reduce deforestation and cut CO2 emissions. They also reduce indoor air pollution, improving health and new generation cookers that use fuels such as ethanol can even eliminate Indoor Air Pollution completely.
However it’s not easy to change the way communities have cooked for generations. Biomass Briquettes Saving Energy Constructions Limited is helping needed to stimulate demand and to improve and scale manufacturing to meet it.