EYC - Has Been Done Before


Has Been Done Before...

Earn while you cook” Program has been done before. The development impact and learnings from a program such as this has been measured and presented at corporate, national and international forums.

So it’s a road that has been travelled before. Not as much as it could have been. But sufficiently enough to glean the best practices and worst pitfalls.

Developmental Impact Balance Sheet
A Certified “Carbon Asset”; eligible for Carbon Credits
  • The Stove is eligible for 2 carbon credits per annum
  • The program (stove plus charcoal buy-back and redeployed towards energy) is eligible for 4 carbon credits per annum
•  Conventional charcoal requires in average 6 kg of wood to produce 1 kg of charcoal. In the TLUD, it is produced as a by-product when cooking, so no additional wood is needed.
•       Thus 1kg of TLUD charcoal saves 6 kg of wood - corresponding to approx. 7 kg of CO2
Innovative Business Model
  • Unique economic model
  • Capable of supporting a  large scale cookstove buyback program
Proven Economic Model
  • The project has been running successfully in Sunderbans, WB for the past 5 years
  • Has received the Letter of Approval from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, who states “.. this project contributes to sustainable development in India”
  • Has all sustainability metrics measured and monitored as per the CDM protocol
Measurable Social Metrics
  • The program is amenable to measurements around important sustainability indicators.
  • Energy Efficiency, Livelihood, Deforestation, literacy, economic wealth generated in the community
Scalable Model
  • The key factor in scaling up is the “charcoal linkage” when this is established for a community, scalability is easy
  • Scaling up is also desirable – because a larger stove population will support access to fuel supply by enabling  better logistics economy.
Replicable Model
  • The key factor in replicating the model is the customising of the charcoal linkage to leverage the inherent strengths of the community.
  • Replicating the model might involve a study of the community to identify the downstream charcoal application and the relevant charcoal linkages for it.
Possibility for R&D, encourages micro-enterprises
  • There are 52 known uses of charcoal
  • It is possible to create a series of micro-enterprises, that use charcoal made by households, as raw material.
Possibility for Soft Skill Interventions
  • Since the economic model is amenable to catalyse new micro-enterprises at the grassroots, it will provide possibilies for corporate-community partnership around soft skills, project development etc.


Envisaged Developmental Impact of the Project (based on 5000 TLUD cookstoves)

Based on the cookstove program of 5000 , the cookstove is expected to deliver the following Developmental impact.

For the User based on Previous Study
(Per household)
  • A  saving of 270 Kgs per month per household.
  •  A saving of INR 720 –INR 760 per month per household.
  • The time taken to cook reduces by about 50% on an average.
  • Frees up 20 hours per month for women/children per household.
  • INR150 per month through charcoal sales
For the  Local Partner
(Community of 5000 TLUDs)
  • Potential Income for Local Partner
    • Earning from Field support (warehouse, local transport, venue)
    • Warehouse 6 Wh @ 15k per month?
    • Local Transport 5k stoves @INR 50 per stove
    • Charcoal Profit INR3000 per tonne
    • Any carbon revenue sharing if corporate  takes it up as a Carbon Proposal 

  • Direct impact on the environmental situation in project area
  • Working together with local community and raising awareness of pressing environmental problems.
  • Better quality of life to rural and urban poor, especially for women and children
Environmental Impact
(Community of 5000 TLUDs)
  • 87500 tonnes of wood saved in 7 years; equivalent of a 437 ha forest in 7 years
  • 25% of wood is converted to charcoal; 10 tonnes of new energy source
  •  4 tonnes of CO2 saved per household per annum
  • Frees up 100000 hours per month of productive woman power
  • It reduces deforestation in the project Area
Community impacts
  • Skill development and training of women Village Level Entrepreneurs who will market and sell these products
  • Income streams generated for these women who are remunerated through commissions per unit of product sold