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How clean cookstoves are cutting carbon emissions and creating local jobs

Team Bulb learning about the Kenyan Burn cookstoves project

Our gas is 100% carbon neutral. Bulb helps to fund several carbon reduction projects across the world. Find out more about the clean cooking projects we're funding in Kenya and Ghana.

In March we announced that our gas is now 100% carbon neutral. We supply 10% green gas and offset the emissions from the gas we supply. With 1.3 million homes in our community, we’re the biggest supplier of green gas in the UK and the largest supplier offering 100% carbon neutral gas to all our members as standard in the UK.

Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way to take responsibility for the carbon you emit. Carbon offset projects are an established method for people or companies to balance their own emissions, measured in tonnes. Offsetting one tonne of carbon means there will be one less tonne of carbon in the atmosphere than there otherwise would’ve been.

We’re supporting carbon offset projects that deliver value to local communities

We think it’s important to support carbon offset projects that have an impact beyond climate change. With our partners ClimateCare, we’ve selected a portfolio of projects that benefit local communities. They’re helping to create local jobs, reduce air pollution, improve health, provide access to clean energy and conserve biodiversity. This means we can support communities that are suffering the most from climate change.

Clean cookstoves are cutting carbon emissions and creating local jobs

A Burn Cookstove maker smiles at the camera
The cookstoves in both projects are manufactured locally, helping to create jobs.

Cooking smoke contributes to a range of chronic illnesses, and is responsible for 3.8 million deaths a year. We’re proud to be working with two clean cookstove projects in Africa: BURN cookstoves in Kenya, and the Gyapa project in Ghana. More than 80% of the population in Kenya and Ghana use solid fuels like charcoal for cooking. The majority of this is burnt in smoky open fires and inefficient cookstoves. This causes indoor air pollution and contributes to global climate change.

Clean cookstoves use up to 50% less fuel, which reduces carbon emissions and exposure to toxic fumes. By using less fuel, families save as much as $300 every year. And the stoves are more efficient too, reducing unpaid cooking time – a major source of gender inequality.

The BURN Project

Find out more about the clean cooking projects in Kenya and Ghana

Team Bulb recently spent the evening with ClimateCare – cooking popcorn, taking a quiz and discovering more about BURN project. Here are a few things we learned.

  • One BURN stove saves 1.4 tonnes of carbon every year. That’s equivalent to taking a return flight from London to New York.

  • The stoves are manufactured at a solar powered factory in Nairobi, where more than 50% of employees are women.

  • BURN recently celebrated a huge milestone by selling its’ 600,000th stove.

  • The stoves are so sturdy you can stand on them.

Having an impact across the world

Our impact doesn’t stop there. We’re helping to fund more carbon reduction projects across the world, including solar and wind farms in India, rainforest protection in Sierra Leone and clean gas projects in China. Each one has an impact that goes beyond saving carbon.

Offsetting is a way of investing in the transition to a carbon-free future. By partnering with carbon reduction projects around the world, we’re providing them with valuable income, which ensures they can continue.

You can read more about carbon offsets in our help centre. And as always, we’d love to know what you think. Join the conversation in the Bulb Community.

The Bulb Community has saved 4.6 million tonnes carbon so far. Track our progress.