WWF Cookstove project – benefiting the natural habitat of the Giant Panda
The aim of World Wildlife Fund Firewood-Saving Cook Stove Projects is to replace crude, older cooking stoves, with new, high efficiency stoves. This project is based in communities located in ecologically sensitive and protected areas throughout western China, where water, wildlife and forest areas are preserved.
Yet these areas are relatively poor and less developed. Most families living in these remote locations lead a traditional life, with low incomes. In these areas, the increasing depletion of the forest cover is threatening the habitat of the panda. If more forests are felled, this unfortunate process will continue and possibly accelerate.
The replacement of traditional technologies with clean cooking solutions will reduce wood consumption by more than 40-70 per cent, lessen the amount of time spent on cutting and transporting firewood, diminish indoor air pollution, and lower smoke-related health risks.
Each stove requires an outlay of about 1700CNY (Chinese renminbi) or $273 (including material, transport and installation). Most target families will find the cost of such an efficient stove to be too high. Therefore, the Gold Standard (GS) Voluntary Emissions Reductions (VER) income would be paid to users as a subsidy, at the beginning of the project, in order to cover the costs of stove acquisition and construction.
The high efficiency stove is easy to use and maintain. In addition, the stove is already widely accepted shortly after its introduction. The first four projects are located in the Liangshan region. The people in Liangshan consume large amounts of firewood, therefore the high efficiency stove can reduce annual GHG emissions by as much as 10 tCO2e for each household. The first 5009 tCO2e GS VERs from the ‘WWF Mamize Firewood-Saving Cook Stove Project I’ were issued in June 2013. Total GHG emission reduction from the first four is around 20,000t CO2e each year.
Please refer to the project page on the Gold Standard Registry managed by Markit for more information.