NAIROBI: A NEW ethanol stoves project that that could prevent Kenyans to harmful fumes and subsequent death will be launched in Kibera on Thursday.
The project is the brainchild of ClimateCare, one of the longest established and leading environment-focused organisations in the carbon market, Safi International, the stoves manufacturer and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).
Head of DFID Kenya, Lisa Phillips will join ClimateCare Directors Tom Morton and Edward Hanrahan to launch a revolving fund that will allow residents to purchase clean burning ethanol stoves at an affordable price.
The stoves, designed and distributed by Safi International, will change the way people in Nairobi cook, for good, officials said. It is reported 14 300 people die in Kenya from exposure to toxic fumes from cooking and heating their homes on open fires and rudimentary stoves.
“Thanks to this innovative project, ethanol, a bi-product of Kenya’s successful sugar industry, is set to change this. Ethanol is a clean burning, renewable fuel. Replacing charcoal with ethanol fuel cuts out indoor air pollution, saving lives and lowers greenhouse gas emissions helping to tackle climate change,” DFID stated ahead of the launch of the fund.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY