Cyapa cookstove in the making


Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study estimates that 4 million premature deaths occur every year due to smoke exposure from these methods. In fact, this is the fifth worst risk factor for disease in developing countries and women and children are the most affected.

This project, a partnership between ClimateCare and Relief International, introduces the Gyapa, an insulated and efficient cookstove, to families in Ghana. The Gyapa stove cooks food more quickly, requires 50-60% less fuel and is less smoky. It is priced at below $10 making it accessible to households most in need of cleaner and more efficient cooking options. As such it not only cuts carbon emissions, but improves health by reducing exposure to toxic fumes. It also reduces fuel costs, meaning money can be saved for other needs – food, education, shelter, health services. 

Cutting fuel requirements saves families money and importantly, protects Ghana’s dwindling forests – Ghana has one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa.


  1. Objective
  2. Target Group
  3. Output
  4. Key Features of the Case
  5. Sustainable Financing
  6. Supportive Policies and Institutional Environment
  7. Building Local Capacity and Skills
  8. Community Participation and Including Local Stakeholders
  9. Achieving Co-Benefits
  10. Affordability and Technical Issues
  11. Local Champions
  12. Monitoring and Evaluation
  13. Replicability and Scaling-up
  14. Contact
  15. References and Further Reading



Use carbon finance to create a market for improved Gyapa Cookstoves in Ghana – creating jobs, reducing poverty and helping to tackle climate change.


Target Group

Local entrepreneurs and manufacturers, retailers and families. The project started in Accra initially and now functions across Ghana.



  • 831,386 Gyapa stoves have been sold.
  • 350 skilled manufacturers employed, producing 13,000 stoves a month
  • 500 local retailers benefit from selling the Gyapa stove.
  • 4.1 million people enjoy cleaner, safer cooking
  • 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions saved
  • 84 million USD savings in fuel costs for families.


Key Features of the Case

  • Market creation – the project is creating a new market for clean cooking in Ghana, generating employment and stimulating the local economy.
  • Behaviour change – by creating local demand for products Gyapa Stoves become a desirable consumer item and behaviour change is driven from the ground up
  • Innovative Finance – robust measurement and sale of carbon reductions helps finance this project and support growth, injecting needed financial capital to local Ghanaian businesses
  • Tackling Poverty – families save money and the project creates skilled employment
  • Protecting forests – by reducing demand for wood and charcoal fuel


Sustainable Financing

The project is supported through carbon finance. The sale of Gold Standard carbon credits to organisations who want to reduce global carbon emissions and support a project that improves people’s lives. This payment provides an ongoing income stream to maintain the project over time.

Climate financing has been invested to coordinate the hundreds of producers and retailers to reach un-served consumers, provide training (business and technical production skills), monitor and maintain quality control across the Gyapa brand, and support market expansion. This strategic use of climate funds has grown Gyapa in Ghana from just over 10,000 stoves sold annually in 2007 to over 160,000 stoves sold annually in 2014.


Supportive Policies and Institutional Environment



Building Local Capacity and Skills

The Gyapa Project recruits and trains local artisans who are provided the skills and knowledge base to not only produce a product in high-demand, but also be able to manage their own business, providing for their families.

Gyapa is 100% produced in Ghana. Gyapa maximizes uses of local artisans and the private sector; creating jobs and developing skills. The liners are made by accredited local ceramicists who have received specialist training. The stove bodies are made by accredited metal artisan manufacturers. Local retailers also benefit from becoming authorized Gyapa sales outlets.


Community Participation and Including Local Stakeholders

Local stakeholders are the integral part of wider business negotiations and the Gyapa mico-franchises actively participate in marketing strategy and new market expansion, working to drive growth of their own businesses.


Achieving Co-Benefits

This project was designed from the outset to deliver multiple positive outcomes for people and the environment. It was designed to tackle climate change, cut poverty, create jobs and empower communities (particularly women and children) in Ghana through improved cooking techniques.

To date over 830,000 stoves have been sold, generating a saving of more than 2 million tonnes of CO2. Families using the Gyapa Stove have saved more than $75 million and more than 350 local manufacturers and 500 retailers benefit from making and selling the Gyapa stove.


Affordability and Technical Issues

The project is creating a market for affordable cookstoves in Ghana. Creating a locally appropriate stove meant one that was of a good quality, efficient and that was both affordable and desirable for the local community. The success of this is evidenced by the fact that over 830,000 stoves have been sold so far.

Gyapa is the highest selling Gold Standard fuel efficient stove in the world. This is because people use their hard earned cash to buy a Gyapa stove because it cooks well and saves them money. Each Gyapa producer and retailer makes money producing and selling Gyapa. These are micro-scale businesses that are proud of their independence.


Local Champions

The project relies on local communities to make it work. Local businesses have scaled to produce the stoves, employing and training more and more people. They sell their products through selected retailers, who promote the stoves alongside other products to their communities. Ghanaian manufacturers, distributers, wholesalers and retailers have all taken an active role in the production and promotion of the Gyapa stove, educating family, neighbours, friends and customers on its many benefits from savings money, using less charcoal, keeping kitchens clean and enabling a healthier cooking environment from the reduced smoke.


Monitoring and Evaluation

As well as measuring the number of stoves made and distributed, the outcomes of the project – tonnes of carbon reduced, money saved on fuel, jobs created, are measured and independently verified through the Gold Standard to an agreed methodology.


Replicability and Scaling-up

ClimateCare wrote the Gold Standard methodology that first enabled the funding of cookstove projects through carbon finance and this world-leading project is setting an example of how it can be used to support the delivery of improved cookstove programmes at scale. As a result, many other organisations are using the methodology and 5,145,312 Gold Standard cookstove credits from 39 projects have now been issued using the methodology written by ClimateCare with more projects entering the pipeline, which will lead to even greater impact in future.



Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


+44(0) 1865 591000


References and Further Reading

Project video: 


Gyapa cookstoves for more efficient cooking








Rhiannon Szmigielski, ClimateCare, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


+44(0) 1865 591000


Fuel efficient charcoal stove

Energy resource:

  • Energy Efficiency

Sub type:

  • Charcoal
  • Wood


  • Household


  • Cooking


  • Off-Grid

Targeted area:

  • Urban
  • Peri-urban

Geographical scope:


Project status:

Ongoing project

Project start:


End date:


Implementing approach:

Multi-stakeholder partnership

Funding Type:

  • Rebate

Budget (Euro):