Building long-life stoves, with follow up supervision and metrics on use

Proyecto Mirador (PM) is a non-profit organization that sells Gold Standard voluntary market carbon offsets to pay for the construction of Dos por Tres fuel efficient, plancha stoves with chimneys in rural Central America. All carbon proceeds are used in Honduras for the construction of cookstoves.

Mirador was the 4th stove project in the world to achieve Gold Standard certification, and is one of its largest developers, having issued and sold more than 200,000 mtCO2e to multinational organizations.

In the last 10 years, the project has built more than 70,000 stoves with local materials that reduce fuel use by nearly half and reduces particulate matter and carbon monoxide by 79%.  In fact the benefits of a Dos por Tres stove are estimated at 10 times the cost of the stove.

The Dos por Tres is the lowest cost plancha model stove in Central America and a unique no-cash-for-a-stove model enables even the poorest families to be able to access the program.  The popularity of the Dos por Tres has come from word-of-mouth endorsement resulting in a 2-year backlog of written solicitations for stove construction. Each beneficiary is trained up to 5 times on stove maintenance and use.  Stove and user data is captured on hand held devices and is monitored with a sophisticated data base with mapping capabilities.

Mirador partners with prestigious organizations including the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.  It has created or helped grow 17 micro-enterprises and employs approximately 130 people.