A million people now have clean energy stoves thanks to Envirofit

These clean energy stoves reduce fuel consumption by up to 60 percent and harmful radiations by 80 percent, as opposed to open fires.


A family in Sonia Vihar that switched to the Envirofit cook stove. flickr cc U.S. Embassy New Delhi.

A family in Sonia Vihar that switched to the Envirofit cook stove. flickr cc U.S. Embassy New Delhi.

Envirofit International, a for-profit social enterprise established in 2003 was meant to develop technology that will reduce pollution and enhance energy efficiency in developing countries. The organisation has recently announced that it has reached its one-millionth clean cookstove customer. This milestone stands for not only the growing demand for cleaner cookware but also the company’s scalability and environmental responsiveness.

Envirofit designs, manufactures, and sells clean biomass cookstoves that are low in cost, yet high performing in developing nations. These stoves reduce fuel consumption by up to 60 percent and harmful radiations by 80 percent, as opposed to open fires. Envirofit employs 480 people directly and has helped create approximately 3000 jobs across its value chain in India, East Africa, West Africa, and Latin America.

In a report titled “Cooking in one million kitchens: Lessons Learned in Scaling a Clean Cookstove Business“, Envirofit shares its journey from a seemingly humble start in 2007 to developing over a dozen clean energy solutions that meet the cooking needs of low-income communities in 45 countries across five continents. The report shares insights and illustrations of how Envirofit has been able to build a sustainable business in 8 years.

Clean cook stoves. flickr cc United States Mission Geneva.

Clean cook stoves. flickr cc United States Mission Geneva.

Customers can save up to USD 200 per annum due to reduced fuel consumption and help create a safer, healthier home environment. In addition, over the course of five years, these stoves will be able to bring down CO2 emissions by 17 million tons which shockingly enough is the equivalent of taking 1.18 million cars off the road for an entire year.

As of today, there are about 3 billion people who still use traditional cooking methods and open fires to prepare their food and this number is expected to grow as the population increases. The current objective of the organisation is to reach out to 5 million customers in the next 5 years.

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