KOKO Networks Clean Ethanol Cooking Fuel

Project developed by KOKO Networks

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location
Kenya
verification
Gold Standard

Impact profile

Methodology

Household devices and fuel switching

Replacing the current cooking stove technology with stoves that use renewable fuels or are more more energy-efficient.

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About the project

KOKO is a technology platform helping to protect tropical forests through rapidly scaling the energy transition from deforestation-charcoal to sustainable bioethanol cooking fuel. This is delivered through a high-tech renewable fuel utility platform that includes dense networks of self-service KOKO Fuel ATMs that provide convenient access to ultra-clean fuel at a price that significantly undercuts charcoal. Charcoal cooking fuel is the leading driver of deforestation in Africa. To protect Africa’s forests, a large-scale and rapid transition away from charcoal is required. KOKO’s solution is delivering this transition, using carbon credit proceeds to make smart appliances and clean fuel affordable for even the poorest income segments in Kenya’s rapidly growing cities. KOKO’s solution is modern, clean, safe and affordable and produces no harmful particulate emissions or indoor air pollution.

Project impact to date

1,500 jobs created
by KOKO across Kenya and India
1,400 small business partners
who are primarily women
1.5 million women
directly benefitting from improved health conditions

Sustainable development goals

The project supports 13 goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

No povertyZero hungerGood health and well-beingGender equalityAffordable and clean energyDecent work and economic growthIndustry, innovation and infrastructureReduced inequalitiesSustainable cities and communitiesResponsible consumption and productionClimate actionLife on landPartnerships for the goals

3 - Good health and well-being

In Africa, 600,000 people die each year from indoor air pollution from dirty cooking fuel. This is more than tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. High polluting charcoal stoves disproportionately pose a risk to women and children who are the main stove users. KOKO's solution reduces indoor air pollution by 80%, thereby reducing the risk of respiratory diseases for stove users.

13 - Climate action

Over 80% of Kenyan families depend on biomass (charcoal and fuelwood) for primary energy. As a consequence, Kenya loses 10.3 million m³ of wood from its forests every year from firewood and charcoal consumption, a major contributor to the country’s 0.3% annual deforestation rate (Dalberg, 2018). Replacing demand for commodity-driven deforestation-based charcoal through a rapid transition to sustainable cooking fuel is essential in creating real-world forest protection.

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