Promotion of improved cooking systems in Côte d'Ivoire

Distribution of hobs for local African communities

The project distributes improved cooking stoves with the aim of reducing wood biomass consumption and associated emissions. In addition to contributing to improving the quality of life of households by making traditional cooking methods more efficient and sustainable, the distribution and promotion of improved cooking stoves allows us to generate carbon credits (Verified Carbon Units - VCUs), certified by international standards. Thanks to this tool, over the next ten years we will be able to offset the residual Scope 1+2 development emissions of Baleine.

With the start of production of the Baleine gas field, the largest discovery ever in this area, we are consolidating our role in the energy transition and in further facilitating access to energy in Côte d'Ivoire. We help the country to establish itself as a regional energy hub, not only for its electricity system, but also for oil and gas production to meet external and domestic demand respectively.

Project features

Activity start date: 2022 – present

Côte d'Ivoire

Access to off-grid energy
Access to off-grid energy
Community health
Community health

SDG 1 No Poverty 

SDG 3 Good health and well-being

SDG 5 Gender equality

SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy

SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth

SDG 13  Climate action

Eni Côte d'Ivoire

Volunteer Associations for International Service (AVSI)
Green Ker

Project actions and objectives

We promote lowering energy poverty

We promote the dissemination of improved cooking systems in the most vulnerable communities in Côte d'Ivoire. The programme envisages the distribution of 300,000 cooking stoves over 7 years that will benefit over 1 million people. These appliances, characterised by high thermal efficiency, are entirely manufactured in Côte d'Ivoire by the local company Green Ker, which thanks to the project has increased its production capacity by more than 200%, investing in the purchase of new machinery and hiring new workers. The cookers are entirely produced in a workshop located in the city of Abidjan, recognised by the Clean Cooking Alliance, and partly assembled in Korhogo to support local businesses and labour.

We help offset emissions from the Baleine project

This initiative is an exemplary case for us. For the first time, in fact, we registered a carbon credit generation project in Eni's name with the certifying standard, instead of relying on a third party. A plan in line with our decarbonisation strategy to support the Carbon Offset Solutions , initiatives created to protect biodiversity by increasing the resilience and capacity of ecosystems to absorb CO2, while promoting development in local communities.

A benefit for the environment and the community

Improved cooking stoves differ from traditional cooking systems, such as the three-stone hearth, in that although they are fuelled by wood or coal, they have a high thermal efficiency that enables them to make considerable savings on the amount of fuel needed to cook food. Thanks to their ability to reduce the amount of wood biomass used by up to 60%, improved cooking stoves are a valuable counter to deforestation, a problem that in the Ivory Coast is at its most serious level among all African countries. In addition to curbing deforestation, the improved cookers save time for collecting wood and money for purchasing charcoal, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and smoke from burning. A regular relationship with the villages and communities, together with the assistance provided to individual families, are key elements of the work of the operators involved. The success of the initiative lies in raising awareness and accompanying the beneficiary families to adopt these cooking systems.

Highlights
60 k

improved cooking stoves distributed since June 2022


+300 k
beneficiaries

of the project


660
villages

reached by the initiative


130 k
tCO₂h/y

average annual reduction of GHG emissions expected from generated carbon credits


60 k

improved cooking stoves distributed since June 2022

+300 k
beneficiaries

of the project

660
villages

reached by the initiative

130 k
tCO₂h/y

average annual reduction of GHG emissions expected from generated carbon credits

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Last update: 16 October 2023


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