Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Formation 21 September 2010 (2010-09-21)
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Chief Executive Officer [1]
Radha Muthiah
Parent organization
United Nations Foundation

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a non-profit organization operating under the support of the United Nations Foundation.[2] Their work focuses on improving health and environment through encouraging changes in cooking methods and types of stoves used in developing countries to pollute less and reduce indoor air pollution.[3] According to the World Health Organization, 4.3 million people a year die from health problems attributable to exposure to smoke from solid fuel stoves.[4] The Alliance was announced in 2010 by then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

They also provide grants for research and initiatives that support the aims of the Alliance,[5] advocate for international standards for stove manufacturers [6] and coordinate research and knowledge of the issues surrounding the use of clean cookstoves. The organization is supported by governments, corporations, foundations, civil society, investors, and individuals..[7]

Chinese National Improved Stove Program[edit]

The Chinese Government introduced 129 million "improved" stoves to several rural areas in China over a period of a decade. Up to two thirds of the stoves introduced are still in use today. The cook stoves mainly used wood or crop residue for fuel, although many residents of Northern areas received cooking/space-heating stoves. This was heralded as an extraordinary success in that, according to reports produced by the Chinese National Improved Stove Program, more than 50% of people living in rural areas had improved stoves installed.[8]

Celebrity Endorsement[edit]

United States celebrity, actress Julia Roberts is a high-profile supporter and champion of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.[9] She is reported to have learned of the organisation while filming an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Given the incredibly high value of her celebrity endorsement and time spent on the project, she has added tens of thousands of dollars worth of free advocacy for the Alliance.[citation needed]

Other celebrity endorsers include China's Zhao Wei,[10] Ghana's Rocky Dawuni[11] and Stephen Appiah.[12]


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  2. ^ "Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves : Our Work". Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Solutions : Cookstove Technology". Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Household air pollution". World Health Organization. 
  5. ^ "Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves : Resource Mobilization". Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves : Promote International Standards". Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. 
  7. ^ "Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves". 
  8. ^ Smith, Kirk R.; Gu Shuhua; Huang Kun; Qiu Daxiong (June 1993). "One hundred million improved cookstoves in China: How was it done?". World Development. 21 (6): 941. doi:10.1016/0305-750X(93)90053-C. 
  9. ^ "Actress Julia Roberts Joins Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as Global Ambassador". US Department of State. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "China's Zhao Wei Joins Alliance as Newest Ambassador". Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. 18 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Names Rocky Dawuni as Ambassador!". Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. September 26, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  1. The Berkeley Blog: When cooking can kill
  2. Biofuels Digest: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves awards SMEFUNDS with Spark grant
  3. Coastweek: Kenya’s women urged to embrace cookstoves to curb pollution
  4. Colorado State University: Colorado State University studies impact of reduced cookstove emissions on the climate
  5. Energy Live News: Bangladeshi cooking stoves to offset M&S carbon
  6. Ghana News Agency: Govt distributed LPG cylinders and cook stoves
  7. Ghana Soccer Net: Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah made ambassador for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  8. Gov.UK: Climate change: DFID wins award for clean cooking initiative
  9. The Guardian: Cookstove designs are failing the poorest communities
  10. International Business Times: Green Development: Advocates Say There's One Simple Solution To Health And Energy Woes In Developing Countries: The Clean Cookstove
  11. PBS Newshour: Designing cleaner stoves for home cooks in the developing world
  12. Peace FM Online: International Women’s Day: Cooking Shouldn’t Kill
  13. Sci Dev Net: Urgent action needed for clean cooking, heating fuels
  14. Swedish Energy Agency: The Swedish Energy Agency supports Improved Cookstoves in Africa
  15. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Darfur cookstove project earns Sudan's first carbon credits
  16. United Nations Foundation: Strengthening the Safety of Women Refugees through Cleaner Cookstoves
  17. The White House: Protecting Public Health and the Environment
  18. University of Washington Clean Cookstoves Research