The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Energy & Environment Program/Country Program Support intents to support the Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency to train 45 women from Bong, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties in eco-stove production and group into small scale enterprises for production and sales of eco-stove (produce 450 stoves).
Clean and reliable energy makes life better. Clean and reliable energy help to reduced Carbon dioxide emissions, improved health resulting from reduced indoor air pollution, create employment opportunities such as stove manufacturing, distribution, solar assembly etc. Eco-stove provides an affordable alternative to gas and electronic stoves yet maintaining the same technological advantages. The use of Eco-stoves does the following:
- Reduces deforestation by a significance percentage by promoting the use of reusable stone stoves
- Produces a more energy eﬃcient cook stove that delivers immediate environmental, social, economic and technological beneﬁts to the end user
- Helps the user achieve energy independence
- Reduces landﬁll by promoting the processing of household waste into bricks which can be used as ﬁre starters for the eco stoves
- Fights poverty by promoting skills development in both the unemployed youth and women
- creates employment, apprenticeship and entrepreneurial opportunities through the manufacturing, distribution, maintenance of eco-stoves
- Reduces cooking cost up to a significant percentage by using reusable volcanic rocks
- Promotes good health by the use of smoke free eco-stoves across the developing world suffering from indoor air pollution thought ineﬃcient cook-stoves and the added beneﬁt of light bulbs on the eco-stoves providing the lighting solution in areas without electricity instead of kerosene lamps
Eco-stoves use reusable volcanic rocks to cook. The volcanic rocks retain heat much longer than any other fuel. Bricks are used as ﬁre starters and solar is used to power the inbuilt air system that runs forced air to the stones thus increasing combustion. It is a new concept in the country and on the continent although much awareness has not been achieved towards its production, importance and usage.
In Liberia, there is a slow paste rise of clean cook-stoves; although they all use biomass as their source of fuel which still contributes to the high rate of deforestation. The initiative also includes the use of bricks which are the source of energy and the stoves have been heavily insulated with clay to retain the heat. A few Liberians depend on biomass stoves to cook. These include charcoal, bricks and ﬁrewood users.
The use of eco-stoves ensure that cooking is healthy, efficient and eco-friendly for everyone, regardless of