Cooking is essential to life, and a non-polluting stove radically improves family health and safety. Promoting stoves that burn liquid biofuels can curb deforestation and reduce global emissions in a short time by reducing black carbon emissions.
The primary energy demand among those living in poverty is for cooking. Thatís why Project Gaia is promoting alcohol fuels by leading with a stove. Stoves that combust efficiently, when paired with the right fuel, have immediate benefits for the user. Good fuels need a good stove. An efficient alcohol-fueled stove with a long life is a worthy investment, especially when the day to day purchase of fuel is inexpensive.
In regions where the need for energy is great, so is the potential for producing fuel alcohol. Alcohol fuels are versatile, and can be made from a variety of underutilized materials. Production can range from micro to macro, creating local employment. Fuel alcohol is affordable, burns cleanly and safely in the right appliance, and is sustainable.
Alcohol-fueled stoves are beginning to receive international recognition as a tangible way to alleviate poverty and promote environmental stewardship. More importantly, because women enjoy using them, most will use them all the time—which ensures that all the health and environmental benefits are achieved.