Every U.S. federal agency is meeting or exceeding its commitments towards diplomacy, applied research, capacity building, stove testing, and field implementation and evaluation. At the one year mark, the United States announced up to an additional $55 million for the Alliance, bringing the total commitment to up to $105 million.

Below the key accomplishments of contributors are detailed.

State Department/USAID – $9.02 million
They have undertaken a wide range of diplomatic and technical activities to advance the Alliance and the cookstoves sector.
  • Funding the first-ever field assessment in Africa to better understand the relationship between climate change and improved stoves.
  • Initiating a program in Haiti on converting commercial vendors from charcoal to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), creating an LPG regulatory regime and supply chain, and promoting improved biomass stoves.

EPA – $6 million
  • Holding a cookstoves event with Administrator Jackson in Ethiopia to raise awareness of the issue and highlight local innovative solutions.
  • Disseminating more than 2.4 million clean and efficient stoves, PCIA Partners reduced exposure to indoor air pollution for more than 14 million people.

NIH – $24.7 million
Supporting ongoing research and research training projects, as well as new efforts to develop improved measuring devices, expand epidemiologic studies and conduct clinical trials.
  • Support for health research studies at several NIH Institutes and Health Centers.

CDC– $1 million
Evaluating cookstove programs to better understand their public health benefits.
  • A project in Kenya to evaluate improved stoves and their impact on air quality and children’s health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization.
  • Development of a field training program for field research related to cookstoves.

DOE – $ 12.5 million
Conduct research aimed at addressing technical barriers to the development of low emission, high efficiency cookstoves through activities in areas such as combustion, heat transfer, and materials development.
  • DOE convened a global workshop of cookstove researchers and implementers to gather input about pathways forward in designing affordable biomass cookstoves with high efficiency and low emissions.

Alliance Progress
  • Launching key initial efforts to set global standards, analyze key geographic markets, set indoor air quality guidelines, and test a wide range of stove-fuel combinations;
  • Convening more than 350 global experts across nine working groups to identify priority investments to transform this sector and lead to global-scale success;
  • Building strong partnerships and securing the participation of more than 175 partners, including 20 country partners; and
  • Securing close to $80 million in financial commitments.

<i>Written by the Office of the Spokesperson, Washington DC.

For the full Progress Report please visit: http://goo.gl/j50sQ</i>