Improved Cookstoves (ICS) Sharing and Learning WorkshopJan 13, 2017
On 12 January, ‘Improved Cookstoves (ICS) Sharing and Learning Workshop’ funded by UNDP was held at Fundasaun Oriente in Dili. The workshop was organized by Mercy Corps, implementing partner of UNDP-GEF supported Biomass Project. The UNDP’s four-year project titled ‘Promoting Sustainable Bio-energy Production from Biomass’ aims to establish a policy and regulatory framework to stimulate bio-energy technology application and inclusive businesses, and increase public-private investment while enhancing the capacity of stakeholders supporting the development of a local bio-energy technology market.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide stakeholders an opportunity to hear from and share their own experiences and recommendations for the bio-energy and improved cookstove sector in Timor-Leste.
Most households in Timor-Leste still depend on inefficient three-stone cooking fires which consume a lot of firewood and cause severe indoor air pollution. According to a survey by Mercy Corps, average urban households in Timor-Leste spend $8 per week on firewood and average rural households spend 11 hours per week collecting firewood. The survey also indicates that an average Timorese family uses 8.3kg of firewood per day, 3 tonnes per year. This heavy dependence on firewood leads to deforestation and land degradation. Improved cookstoves not only consume less fuel wood but also cause less indoor air pollution, which benefits women who are traditionally in charge of collecting fuel wood and cooking in Timor-Leste.
UNDP has been working with local NGOs to support improved cookstove manufacturers and facilitate market development. As a result, more than 27 businesses are producing and selling improved cookstoves, 22 schools are using institutional cookstoves for school feeding program, 32 restaurants are using institutional improved cookstoves, 4 bakeries are using fuel efficient kilns and 3,000 households are using improved cookstoves. It is expected that 135,000kg of firewood will be saved annually and 60-70% of indoor air pollution emitted by stoves will be reduced.