Promotion of improved cookstoves in Côte d'Ivoire

To improve the living conditions of families and reduce the carbon footprint, we have started the distribution of improved cookstoves.

The project’s development and future goals

In 2022, Eni Côte d'Ivoire, in partnership with the Ivorian government and the NGO AVSI, started a project to promote the distribution of improved stoves. The goal is to reduce the consumption of woody biomass and the associated emissions: this environmental benefit translates into the generation of Verified Carbon Units (VCU) certified by international standards, which over the next ten years will offset the residual Scope 1+2 emissions of the Baleine development.

The program involves the distribution of 300,000 stoves over 7 years, benefiting over 1 million people. The US company VERRA, also a partner in the project, is setting the reporting and monitoring requirements for the qualification of carbon reduction and the verification, validation and certification of VCUs.

Improved stoves bring advantages to the environment and to health

Unlike traditional cooking methods, such as the three-stone hearth, these new systems are fuelled by wood or charcoal and have a high thermal efficiency. An advantage of these stoves is that they are a  measure to combat deforestation, as they can reduce the amount of woody biomass used by up to 60%. Deforestation is indeed a very serious problem for Côte d'Ivoire: over 90% of its forests have disappeared in the last sixty years, making it one of the countries with the highest annual rate of deforestation in the whole of Africa. This is accompanied by the consequent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and combustion smoke, which is hazardous to health. 

The stoves distributed by Eni are entirely produced in Côte d'Ivoire by a local company, Green Ker, which has thus managed to increase its capacity by 150% by purchasing new machinery and hiring five new workers. The project is intended to promote the growth of the production chain in the country in support of a transition to more sustainable energy sources. 

The heart of the initiative is to raise awareness among families to adopt these cooking systems with a lower impact on health and the environment. The relationship with villages and communities, together with the support provided to individual families, is therefore also a crucial element of the work of the operators involved.


This is an exemplary initiative, as for the first time Eni has directly listed in its own name under a certification standard a carbon credit generation project, as opposed to operating through third parties.

The significant savings offered by the improved cookstoves give these families the chance to rethink the use of their time, acting as a driver for development of the whole family group.

Vincenzo Gangone, Project Manager AVSI

A project in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is an action programme signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states, involving 17 goals supporting the socio-economic development of communities and territories. Through the distribution of improved cookstoves, we will contribute to the achievement of the following goals:

  • SDG 1 (families can experience a reduction of the expenditures for the purchase of wood and/or charcoal, with a positive impact on domestic finances)
  • SDG 3 (exposure to combustion fumes and pollutants will be reduced, contributing to a reduction in the incidence of respiratory diseases, a leading cause of death, especially among children and women)
  • SDG 5 (women can significantly reduce the time they normally spend collecting wood and cooking food)
  • SDG 7 (we promote the adoption of cleaner and more affordable cooking solutions. These improved cookstoves have more than twice the thermal efficiency of conventional cooking methods and allow families to significantly reduce the amount of biomass consumed)
  • SDG 8 (through the local production and distribution of improved cookstoves, we support the development of a local value chain, increasing the number of users of this technology and potential new customers, with a positive impact on the local economic fabric)
  • SDG 13 (we contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting deforestation).

The collaboration with Eni allowed us to drastically increase our production capacity through the purchase of new machinery and equipment. We have also been able to increase our employees’ salaries and improve the working environment.

Ermann Zannou, manufacturer of improved cookstoves (Green Ker)

Impact on local content

Replacing the traditional cooking systems carries numerous social and environmental benefits to the country. In particular, it is important to highlight the impact on the local content. These cookstoves are in fact all produced locally in a workshop in the city of Abidjan, recognized by the Clean Cooking Alliance1; therefore, we are actively supporting businesses and workforce in Côte d'Ivoire. Moreover, the implementation project employs over 40 local resources.

1 This is a non-profit organisation working with the support of the United Nations Foundation to promote clean cooking technologies in emerging countries.