GVEP and GACC will conduct a structured review of the clean cookstoves and fuels industry in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, with support of Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), the not-for-profit arm of the global management firm Accenture, who have carried out assessments in other markets.

In parallel to this GVEP is preparing its own report on the stoves sector in East Africa, which will look at the development and current status of the stove industry as well as reviewing GVEP’s own work with Improved Cook Stove entrepreneurs through the Developing Energy Enterprises Programme (DEEP EA).

As part of this review GVEP is engaging in stove testing for high potential cook stove entrepreneurs in its DEEP program. Testing will be conducted on 12 stoves from entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania at testing facilities in Kampala and Nairobi, to ascertain stove performance characteristics, emissions exposure and material quality.

The report, which will be published by GVEP in early May, will present some of the realities of the cook stove industry in East Africa, challenges experienced and opportunities to bridge some of the gaps the industry faces. It will also present the GVEP strategy for cook stoves moving forward and is expected to provide stakeholders in the sector with new insights and promote fresh discussions on how to tackle the issue of access to clean cooking in the region.

Alessandra Moscadelli