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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Tajikistan 2017

Submitted by: Caritas Switzerland
Project: New heating and cooking technologies

This project raises environmental awareness and produces and promotes energy-efficient stoves and appliances which reduce deforestation and air pollution.

Initial situation
Tajikistan is the poorest country of Central Asia and one of the most vulnerable to climate change in the world. Its population is already now suffering from the consequences of climate change, with more frequent droughts and heightened extreme weather conditions that are particularly affecting poor communities and eroding their resilience. The country is prone to natural hazards, particularly landslides, mud flows and floods. Insufficient infrastructure and the poor economic situation force the population to adopt practices which are even more damaging to the ecosystems and thus increase the impact of climate change. About 100 years ago, Tajikistan had a forest cover of 20%. Now, just 3% remain. In addition, the escaping smoke gases affect the health of the women who are subjected to cooking and lead to general air pollution.

Solution
This project raises environmental awareness and produces and promotes energy-efficient (EE) stoves and appliances. As a first step, a prototype for the EE stoves (reducing fuel consumption by 30%) was developed in a participatory way between producers and end-users. The stoves relieve household budgets by saving around 70 EUR a year on fire wood and also save time in cooking and collecting the wood. At the same time, they lower health risks and air pollution as well as impacts of climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing their sinks plus decreasing deforestation. In several sensitization and promotion activities, a lot of awareness on the issue could be raised, reaching out to around 30,000 people. In addition, 5 blacksmiths were trained and earn an income from producing the EE technologies as well as input producers, retailers and other actors along the value chain. In total, so far 1,250 EE devices were distributed to households in the first phase of the project for free, and another 600 devices were sold at market price during phases 1+2. Furthermore, more than 10,000 trees were planted.

Innovation
The developed stove reduces fuel consumption by 30% and the cooking time by 10% and enables simultaneous heating of food and up to 30 liters of water through heat exchangers. Also the room stays warm up to 6 hours longer. This reduces emissions and air pollution both in the house and in the atmosphere, and with this improving the health of the population as well as the workload of the women collecting the wood. Together, women groups (end-users) and manufacturers worked out step-by-step an optimized and to local conditions adapted stove by comparing 15 successive models, each of which was tested under the same conditions and improved accordingly.

Jury-Rating
Tajikistan is the poorest country of Central Asia and one of the most vulnerable to climate change in the world. About 100 years ago, Tajikistan had a forest cover of 20%. Now, just 3% remain. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Tajikistan raises environmental awareness and produces and promotes energy-efficient stoves and appliances. Deforestation and air pollution are thus reduced. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: Dushanbe
Official language: Tajik (Persian)
Total area: 143.100 kmĀ²
Population: 7.616.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $767
Source: Wikipedia 2012