Cookstoves in Darfur - Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established by United Nations as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 goals in total and this project is aligned to the following SDG goals. 

UN Sustainable Development Goal 3UN Sustainable Development Goal 5UN Sustainable Development Goal 7UN Sustainable Development Goal 13

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that smoke inhalation from traditional wood burning stoves is equal to smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Beneficiaries enjoy better indoor air quality, which reduces respiratory diseases.

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls
The implementation of this project has drastically reduced the amount of time women spend collecting wood and improved their health. It also provides opportunities for female employment as the project directly employs local women. e.g, to help undertake the project surveys.

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
The stoves are made affordable to families via micro-finance loans, managed by the women-led Development Association Network. The stoves are also more efficient and affordable for families to run.

SDG13: Take urgent action to combat climate change
LPG has lower greenhouse gas emissions than any other fossil fuel with 50% fewer carbon emissions than coal and 20% less than heating oil. The project has saved 232,000 tCO₂e to date.