Webinar: Cleaner Cookstoves (October 2012)

The Complexity of Cleaner Cookstoves

Cleaner cookstoves have often been presented as a “simple” solution for an important public health and climate challenge: the technology exists, the needs are established, and the costs are relatively low. Implementation – creating the enabling conditions for hundreds of millions of people to have access to cleaner-burning stoves – has been much more challenging. On 29 October at 2:30 GMT we discussed the scientific evidence on the role of traditional cookstoves in indoor and outdoor air pollution, as well as some of the challenges associated with expanding access to and use of cleaner cookstoves. A panel comprising of experts on climate science, field measurement of air quality, stove design, and stove dissemination will compare lessons and perspectives from their research and experience.

Click here for the written summary of the discussion.


Our panelists in Potsdam were:

  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan: He is professor for Atmospheric and Climate Science and Initiator of the Surya Project, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is also the initiator of the Surya Project, a large-scale field experiment in India intended to demonstrate the health and climate gains from moving to cleaner cookstoves. Find out more...
  • Mark Lawrence: He is an atmospheric Scientist and the Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Potsdam, Germany. Mark leads the research cluster "Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere" (SIWA). Click here to find out more.
  • Maheswar Rupakheti: He is an atmospheric Scientist and project leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Potsdam, Germany. Formerly, he has worked with the UNEP Atmospheric Brown Cloud Program in Bangkok. In the next four years, Maheswar will be conducting a field study, called "A Sustainable Atmosphere for the Kathmandu Valley" (SusKat), involving field measurements and the formulation of policy recommendations. Read more here.

Panelists calling in from the field were:

  • Dean Still: He is the Executive Director of Aprovecho Research Ctr. and will be calling in from Oregon. Aprovecho is one of the oldest stove design and research centres and has been involved with groups around the world in various cultural contexts to build capacity for stove design and testing. Find out more...
  • Mouhsine Serrar: He is a stove designer, founder and Director of Prakti Design Lab and will be calling from Nepal. Prakti is focused on designing biomass stoves, and works in Haiti, Nepal, and many African cities in addition to South India. Read more...

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