Thursday, 29 April 2010

Indian government prepares action plan for improved cookstoves

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has revealed that the government intends to make improved cookstoves more widely available. The National Biomass Cook-stove Initiative includes efforts to improve the technical capacity of the country to research the technology whilst improving the supply of efficient stoves for businesses and households. Take a look at this recent news article from the Shell Foundation for more information.

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This initiative is certainly a step in the right direction. Our recently published report on efficient cookstoves, Stoking up a cookstove revolution: The secret weapon against poverty and climate change, features the experiences of several of our Indian winners working to increase the use of efficient stoves, creating positive environmental, economic and health impacts. It also highlights a need for government policy to encourage the widespread use of efficient stoves. You can download a copy of it here.

For more information on efficient cookstoves and to find out about all of our award-winners please see our website.

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