Assessment of cookstove stacking in Northern Ghana using surveys and stove use monitors

AMS Citation:
Piedrahita, R., and Coauthors, 2016: Assessment of cookstove stacking in Northern Ghana using surveys and stove use monitors. Energy for Sustainable Development, 34, 67-76, doi:10.1016/j.esd.2016.07.007.
Date:2016-10-01
Resource Type:article
Title:Assessment of cookstove stacking in Northern Ghana using surveys and stove use monitors
Abstract: Biomass burning for home energy use is a major health and environmental concern. While transitioning to cleaner cooking technologies has the potential to generate significant health and environmental benefits, prior efforts to introduce improved cookstoves have encountered many hurdles. Here, we focus on the increased stove use hurdle; households tend to use improved stoves alongside their traditional stoves rather than replacing them entirely, a phenomenon called cookstove “stacking.” This work provides a systematic, multi-method assessment of households' cooking behaviors and cookstove stacking in the context of a 200-home randomized cookstove intervention study in Northern Ghana. Two stoves were selected for the intervention, a locally made rocket stove (Gyapa) and the Philips HD4012 LS gasifier stove. There were four intervention groups: a control group, a group given two Gyapa stoves, a group given two Philips stoves, and a group given one of each. Two stoves were distributed to each home in an attempt to induce more substitution away from traditional stoves. Adoption and usage patterns were quantified using temperature loggers at a subset of homes, as well as quarterly surveying in all households. We find that using multiple stoves each day is common practice within each intervention group, and that the two groups given at least one Gyapa had the largest reductions in traditional stove use relative to the control group, though use of traditional stoves remained high in all groups.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2016 Elsevier.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d72n53z0
Publisher's Version: 10.1016/j.esd.2016.07.007
Author(s):
  • Ricardo Piedrahita
  • Katherine Dickinson - NCAR/UCAR
  • Ernest Kanyomse
  • Evan Coffey
  • Rex Alirigia
  • Yolanda Hagar
  • Isaac Rivera
  • Abraham Oduro
  • Vanya Dukic
  • Christine Wiedinmyer - NCAR/UCAR
  • Michael Hannigan
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