ICIMOD co-hosts Clean Cookstoves Marketplace 2013


Improved cookstoves as a mitigation option for black carbon has been an area of ICIMOD’s interest for the past many years. Therefore, ICIMOD has been exploring ways to bring together innovative entrepreneurs and financing institutions to reach the end users.

ICIMOD, therefore, recently co-hosted the event ‘Clean Cookstoves Marketplace 2013’ from 11 to 13 July 2013. The event was organized by Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)

The goals of the Marketplace was  to share and exchange the successful improved cookstoves (ICS) designs and business models and to explore ‘business to business’ opportunities between international-national, national-national, and national-local entrepreneurs. The other objective was to explore investment opportunities and identify possible means to facilitate linkages between clean cookstoves entrepreneurs and financing institutions. 

At the opening session of the event on 11 July 2013, ICIMOD’s Director of Programmes, Dr Eklabya Sharma, said ICIMOD is an institution that focuses on mountains where people mostly depend on biomass fuel, and therefore, improved cookstoves is an area of immense interest for the region. In the past, ICS programme has been taken to the HKH countries of Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and China.

More than 80% of the HKH population depends on biomass fuel for cooking and heating purpose. It is estimated that 40% of black carbon comes from biomass burning. Improved cookstove has multiple benefits, ranging from improved health to environment. It also saves time for the farmers so that they engage in other more beneficial activities.

At the event, Bidya Banmali Pradhan gave an overview of ICIMOD's plan to reduce black carbon through the project. She also talked about ICIMOD's plan to disseminate improved cookstoves to rural communities in Nepal in Makawanpur VDC and conduct a complete study on the benefits of its use, including climate, health, and gender aspects. 

A major highlight of the event was the launching of the Nepal Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. More than 200 participants from 10 countries attended the Marketplace. The exhibition was a platform for the participants to witness different national and international models of ICS. 

The event also showcased the international clean cookstoves entrepreneurship. Further, financial institutions came up with models for financing clean cookstoves given that many end users need financial assistance to transit from traditional cookstove to the cleaner version.

Besides being the co-host, ICIMOD also set up an information stall where different improved cooking stoves and beehive bio-briquette were displayed. A total of 38 organizations exhibited their products through 42 stalls. There were eight international exhibitions. 

The clean cookstove project commenced in 2011 under Atmosphere Initiative called Reducing Impact of Black Carbon & other Short Lived Climate Pollutants. The project has four components: science, knowledge dissemination, mitigation, and policy.  Improved cookstoves is considered one of the important initiatives under mitigation component.