EYC - Miles to Go

With 145 million households in India still using biomass to cook their meals, and with India on track for 50 million LPG stoves for BOP (base of pyramid) households by 2019 -  And with discussions  on to double the target for early next decade,

… one can only say “miles to go”…because the numbers don’t add up to solve the cooking energy challenge.

Even with full success the LPG efforts can accomplish only half of the need.   What about the other half? 

LPG is a limited fossil-fuel resource that does contribute to atmospheric CO2 increase.   In contrast efficient biomass stoves that use renewable fuels and can even become carbon-negative when charcoal is collected and buried as biochar.   And at a fraction of the billions of dollars that are going to the LPG industry.

The “Earn while you cook” program believes that it has the strong fundamentals to support the country’stransition to an all-out LPG terrain – by allowing “those in waiting” to wait at ease. On a path of green biomass, earning so as to not avail the subsidy!

  •  An innovative Social business model that straddles energy,   livelihood, women empowerment as primary mission. This is a program that can deliver quantifiable socio-economic-metric that can be reported in the annual reports.
  •   An effective tool for corporate philanthropy
Biochar clusters
  • A unique value proposition where farmers can make their own fertilizer from the residue of their cooking
  • Brings “organic” culture to farming communities
  • Relevant to farming

Represents a potential livelihood opportunity for their self help groups that can harness the productive power of their organisation better
Corporates looking for carbon credits
The Cookstove is also an accredited  “carbon asset” with a unique carbon measurement methodology. And a unique distinction for earning carbon credits for saving wood as well as for its charcoal residue when it can prove that it replaces conventionally made charcoal.
Charcoal Artisanship Microenterprises
“Charcoal Artisanship” clusters – each in accordance with their “local capital”, based on the intrinsic strengths and capabilities of the cluster can be set up and can be nurturned accordingly - by enabling product development, branding and marketing. A charming example of such an engagement would be that the livelihood clusters make products such as soaps, face scrubs, foot creams – and sends a package every month to every corporate  employee – who becomes their customer! – thus endorsing the livelihoods they support with the CSR money!