Charcoal cooking causes over 5 tons of CO2e emissions per household per year, and in many emerging markets the charcoal industry delivers significantly greater emissions than the output of the power, manufacturing, and transportation sectors combined.
Black carbon is a short-term climate forcing pollutant that results from the incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuels. Its impact on climate is second only to CO2. Black carbon settles on ice and snow in the Arctic, causing more heat absorption from the sun, accelerating melting and the release of methane from the permafrost.
By switching African households away from charcoal cooking to a sustainable biofuel, the KOKO Fuel solution significantly reduces black carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.
KOKO uses climate finance as a tool to accelerate adoption of clean fuel through lower consumer pricing.
Charcoal is produced through the carbonisation of wood in low oxygen earthen mounds, requiring 10 tons of wood to produce 1 ton of charcoal- the approximate annual consumption of a single household. Charcoal-based deforestation averages 2 million ha. per year in Africa (200x the size of Manhattan). This destruction is only increasing with urbanization.
KOKO’s platform plays a material role in slowing deforestation rates by decreasing demand for charcoal and by unlocking climate finance flows to support governments in developing policy agendas on forest protection.
Cooking with dirty fuels like charcoal releases dangerous particulate matter, carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). According to the WHO, 4 million people die annually from illness caused by indoor air pollution from cooking stoves. 50% of these deaths are children under 5 years old.
Cooking with KOKO significantly improves family health by removing harmful pollutants from homes. In addition, KOKO helps governments towards at least 8 of the UN SDGs, including Gender Equality, Affordable & Clean Energy and Reduced Inequality.
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