The large-scale adoption of efficient, low-emission cookstoves can mitigate climate change. At present, however, limited knowledge of the climate-cookstove relationship hinders the quantification of the net climate impact of cookstove emissions.

For example, the sector needs to identify and target regions where the climate benefits from cookstoves will be greatest, including areas where environmental degradation is a major concern. Unsustainable harvesting of fuelwood can contribute to fuel shortages and net greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in areas experiencing or at risk of sustained environmental impact. Further information on the impacts of firewood collection on land degradation would help identify areas of greatest potential environmental degradation, thus helping to identify areas where scaling up of clean cookstove and fuel programs could maximize environmental benefits.

The main objective of the Request for Proposals (RFP) is to develop geospatial estimates of the fraction of non-renewable biomass (fNRB) at national and sub-national levels for Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, thus enabling clean cookstove and fuel programs to incorporate environmental concerns, including sustainability of fuelwood and potential carbon offsets, into their planning processes. As much as $500,000 will be available for a project funded under RFP 12-2.