The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Zero Carbon is proud to announce that it has joined The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

Alliance Mission and Goals

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks to mobilize high-level national and donor commitments toward the goal of universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. Its ambitious but achievable goal is to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households by 2020. The Alliance is mobilizing support from a wide range of private, public, and non-profit stakeholders.

To Achieve Those Goals The Alliance Will:

Partner with nations as well as public, private and non-profit organizations to address the production, deployment and use of clean cookstoves in the developing world following these three key steps:

1. Address the global needs to reach large scale adoption

2. Targets countries that emphasize market-based solutions

3. Coordinate a global plan across all key sectors

How the Sector Will Succeed

This worldwide effort calls for a multi-faceted, market based approach that addresses the challenges associated with traditional cookstoves, encourages innovation, and learns from within and outside the sector in order to effectively catalyze and develop markets for self-sustenance and continued growth.

Measuring Success

The Alliance will measure progress and success while addressing evidence gaps and promoting continuous quality improvement. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is a core component of the Alliance’s  ability to measure progress achieved in the following areas: 1) number of households adopting clean, safe, and efficient cookstoves and fuels; and 2) our mission statement: saving lives, improving livelihoods, empowering women, and preserving the environment. The Alliance plans to design, develop and implement an M&E system that is interactive and easy to use for both users and contributors across the value chain.


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Carbon pricing: what impact for South Africans

I am attending an event hosted by the M&G’s Critical Thinking Forum called CARBON PRICING: What would the impact be on South AFrican Citizens?

Quite a lofty question indeed. Should I even care? Should any of us care? Carbon pricing, carbon trading, carbon anything is at the moment under discussion in various fora (forums) some where in the world. It may seem out of timing, what with COP 17 a distant memory.

The question is however a serious one. The introduction of a carbon tax will affect everyone, rich, middle class, and the poor. Allowing debate, listening and engaging in conversation is essential for the argument to gain intensity.

So, I ask again should I care, just a little bit, if at all?

I will attempt to answer that question over the next hour or two. read the next post

Small business issues

If it’s true that small businesses account for a significant portion of job creation and contribution to the economy then why is it so difficult to start a small business in South Africa?

The red tape, the myriad of forms, licenses and application is such a daunting task that one could easily give up if one as without a certain amount of tenacity.

It seems as if officialdom is totally opposed to assisting small businesses to get started. It seems as if they consider small business somewhat of an irritation rather than as a boon to job creation and economic freedom.

A more small business friendly approach is not difficult to adopt. With some creative thinking a fast track system could easily be implemented using online systems, the Internet and virtual offices.