Comparative Fuel Testing for the Philips Stove - Cambodia
Ninety percent of households in Cambodia rely on wood and charcoal as their main cooking fuel. Although the use of LPG cooking gas is increasing among higher income households in urban and peri-urban areas, the prospect for the majority of peri-urban dwellers and rural households moving to modern cooking fuels is still a way off due to the higher prices of LPG and electricity, and the abundance of fuelwood.
This has effects on the health of end-users as the smoke from cooking using firewood and charcoal on traditional stoves and open fires contributes to high levels of household air pollution (HAP). Even when cooking outdoors, smoke finds its ways indoors, harming health, especially of women and children. Deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions resulting in global and local environmental degradation and climate change are also a direct consequence.
As a part of its energy sector activities in Cambodia, SNV brings advanced clean cooking technologies to Cambodia that are cleaner, healthier, more energy efficient, and safer than traditional cookstoves.
Since mid-2013, SNV in collaboration with a number of partners, has been also been involved in various research and market development activities for the development of a sustainable supply of ‘Renewable Biomass Fuels’ for use with advanced household biomass cookstoves in Cambodia. This has included: