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The Improved Cooking by Carbon Credits project is a 3-year initiative funded by CQuest Capital to support the production and delivery of 150,000 improved cookstoves (ICS) to households in remote rural parts of Cambodia and Laos to develop a climate mitigation approach. The project runs from January 2022 to June 2024. 

These fuel-efficient cookstoves are expected to replace inefficient, traditional cookstoves. Burning biomass for cooking fuel adds to the greenhouse gasses responsible for climate change. This project will save wood fuel and is verified by Verra Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), a standard that helps the private sector, countries, and civil society achieve ambitious climate action goals.

Producing cookstoves

Every month, about 2,500 Naga stoves are produced



In partnership with the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, the project designed the most appropriate cookstove models for fuel use, durability and ease of production. The Naga cookstove has an efficiency of 36%.

C-Quest Capital asked SNV to facilitate the cookstove production in partnership with the Cambodian Efficient Stove Producer Association (CESPA), building on SNV’s 10 years of experience in ICS market development in the region.


25 producers contracted and received technical production training

Producers are equipped with mould and other supporting equipment

Every month, about 2,500 Naga stoves are produced

Regular deliveries to end users


Bastiaan Teune

Energy Sector Leader

Him Pao


Donors and Partners