Cooking Intervention India

Interventions for Cooking and Indoor Air in India

Abstract: This project has four broad objectives, linked to feasible improvements in clean stove design and dissemination and their impacts on health and climate: 1) assess the acceptability and availability of different stove technologies and fuels, 2) experiment by varying stove price and social interactions among users to determine the impact of these variables on stove adoption rates, 3) measure in situ the impacts of stove adoption on indoor and outdoor air pollution, and climate-forcing, and 4) model the impacts of widespread stove adoption on regional and global climate through a range of scenarios directly informed by data from the field. The project combines survey and focus group assessment of willingness-to-pay (WTP), trials of stove dissemination examining stove adoption rates at full and partial subsidies and with different levels of social interactions between adopters; community-driven input to stove redesign; in situ emissions testing and air quality monitoring; and, climate modeling.

UBC Collaborators: Gary Bull (Forestry)

UBC Students: Devyani Singh (Forestry), Vikas Menghwani (RMES)

External Collaborators: Robert Bailis (Stockholm Environment Institute), Puneet Dwivedi (University of Georgia), Julian Marshall (University of Minnesotta), Andrew Grieshop (North Carolina State University), Mamta Chandar (Jagriti), Pradeep Talashery (Samuha)

Funding: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves