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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Lesotho 2018

Submitted by: Deutsche Post DHL Group
Efficient stoves for Lesotho

Deutsche Post DHL Group has launched the “Efficient stoves for Lesotho” initiative, offering Lesotho’s households high-efficiency Save80 cookers. Designed to meet local cooking needs at 80% lower firewood consumption, they come with a set of special pots and a thermal 'wonderbox' for continued cooking with retained heat.

Initial situation
Lesotho, with approximately two million inhabitants and some 30,000 square kilometers of land, is one of the smallest and poorest countries in Africa. The use of firewood is a major environmental problem in the country because many people still cook over open fires, a considerable amount scrubland is being chopped down than can grow back naturally.

The solution is the Save80 efficient cookstove which requires 80% less wood for cooking than traditional three-stone-fire method. Less wood means less smoke and a huge cut in carbon emissions. The Save80 project in Lesotho generated a total of 10,000 Fairtrade Carbon Credits in its first year of certification. Each stove saves approximately 2.5 tons of CO2 a year, allowing an annual offset of some 25,000 tons of CO2.

The introduction of an innovative Save80 stove, which needs 80% less fuel than traditional ones, wood is fed in small pieces into the stove through the quadratic opening. A small bundle of kindling is all it takes to prepare a meal for an entire family. Highly efficient, the stoves use a minimum amount of wood in other words, less wood means less smoke and a huge cut in carbon emissions, of around 25,000 tons per year.

Capital: Maseru
Official language: English, Sesotho
Total area: 30.355 km²
Population: 2.067.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $1.029
Source: Wikipedia 2012