AVSI's project for better energy efficiency through modern cooking stoves in Maputo, Mozambique, has been registered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project.The project is funded by AVSI Foundation, the Italian company Cloros and by the German Cooperation EnDev Program and it aims to improve energy efficiency by introducing an innovative cooking system, able to improve food quality along with lower environmental impact.
Now 5,000 families in Chamanculo C, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Maputo, Mozambique, are involved in a project. Thanks to this high-efficiency stoves, families can save about 60% of the coal that is normally used for cooking and reduce the noxious emissions by 80% and the consequent risks of intoxication. The significant positive impact of this project is not limited to environmental protection factors, but it is enough to affect the monthly income of the owners.
The project has been approved by UNFCCC through a rigorous and public registration and issuance process. The approval certifies that the project provides emission reductions that are additional to what would otherwise have occurred.
CDM, defined in Article 12 of Kyoto Protocol, is an international system which allows a country with an emission-reduction or emission-limitation commitment under the Protocol (Annex B Party) to implement an emission-reduction project in developing countries. Such projects can earn saleable certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2, which can be counted towards meeting Kyoto targets.
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