How cookstoves installation projects are cutting carbon and improving lives.
A report from Jon Lee.
BP Target Neutral recently visited the Onil Cookstoves project in rural Mexico, part of the BP Target Neutral portfolio. The area of Villa Victoria is approximately a 90 minute drive west of Mexico City. The BP Target Neutral team provided BP Fuels Mexico an opportunity to see the impact of a carbon reduction project first-hand.
Cooking structures are generally separate from the main living area and can be quite small. Traditional cooking methods require more fuel and generate more emissions than with a cookstove. As a result, more time is spent cooking, generating and breathing emissions, which impacts health.
Onil cookstoves, seen here, are more compact, heat sooner, and require less fuel than traditional stoves. This results in approximately 3 tons less of CO2e than their traditional counterparts. The developers of the project have installed nearly 40,000 stoves across most of the states in Mexico.
While reduced emissions is an important purpose of the project, there are other socio-economic benefits that come as a result of a stove being installed. Those include improved health, helping to reduce poverty, and opportunity for work and economic growth.
In addition to assessing the impact of stoves on the community of Villa Victoria, the BP Fuels team gathered video for an upcoming marketing campaign. Retail sites in Mexico are applying carbon credits from the project to neutralize the emissions from their operations, making them carbon neutral.