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Timor-Leste – Improved Cookstoves

Updated: Jan 18

Full project name: Timor-Leste Improved Cookstoves and Community Development Project

Location: 14 Municipalities in Timor-Leste (first distribution will be in Dili, Likisa, and Aileu)

Impact on region/communities:

The key objectives of the project are to reduce fuel usage (switching to renewable biomass) and minimise carbon dioxide emissions and indoor pollution associated with inefficient cooking practices. It will transform rural household cooking systems in Timor-Leste and move toward a more efficient, effective, and healthier system. Additionally, the stoves will benefit the community through fewer and easier cooking hours, reduced exposure to smoke and associated health problems and less time collecting firewood.

Carbon standard/verification: Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Size/scale: 200,000 improved cookstoves

CO2e to be avoided: 3,500,000 (tCO2e total)

Timescale: 10 years


Interview with local resident, Celestino Alves about how he was getting on with his new improved cookstove. He is thrilled and said the benefits of using less wood for fuel, faster cooking times, lower CO2 emissions and fewer health impacts would make a huge impact on his life.

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