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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015
Each year toxic smoke from open cooking fires causes four million deaths worldwide and is the leading cause of death in children under five. It kills eight times as many individuals as malaria and more than AIDS. Four million women and children suffer painful and debilitating burns from their cooking fires. 500 million cooking fires emit nearly one billion tons of greenhouse gases each year and cause massive deforestation. An average man, woman or child spends 20 hours each week gathering wood. Wood collection takes valuable time that could be spent at work or school. StoveTeam helps local entrepreneurs establish factories in Latin America. These self-sustaining businesses produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient Ecocina cooking stoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires. Ecocina stoves have been tested in both laboratories and in the field and have shown at least an 80% reduction in carbon emissions and particulate matter and over 50% reduction in wood usage in comparison to open cooking fires. These small factories, in the past five and a half years, have produced more than 44,600 stoves, improving the lives of more than 334,000 people. They have stimulated economic growth by purchasing all of the stove materials from local businesses. They have employed up to 45 individuals as well as employing local people to help with stove distribution, bookkeeping and sales. The Ecocina stove owners have often boosted their standard of living by starting local businesses using the portable Ecocina stoves. Additionally, the Ecocina replaces open fire cooking reducing the exposure to indoor smoke and burns. As the stoves use 50% less wood than an open fire, deforestation is significantly decreased and families have more time for other pursuits. It is estimated that each stove saves between one and three tons of CO2 per year for the life of the stove. Stoves have been in the field for five years, and are still being used.
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Each year toxic smoke from open cooking fires causes four million deaths worldwide and is the leading cause of death in children under five. Four million women and children suffer painful and debilitating burns from their cooking fires. 500 million cooking fires emit nearly one billion tons of greenhouse gases each year and cause massive deforestation. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Honduras helps local entrepreneurs establish factories which produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient Ecocina cooking stoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires. Congratulations to your achievements!