Promotion Campaign at Boat Racing Festival 2014

During the Boat Racig Festival in 3 Provinces Vientiane Capital, Savannakhet and Champasak. All Promotion Officers and the representatives from Lao Woman’s Union help promote the ICS programme by giving information, brochures, handbills…etc. Explain on how the ICS is produced step by step. Other than that, the Promotion team conducted some activities to entertain the audiences such as: Cooking Demonstration to compare the efficiency between Tao Dam and ICS, playing quiz game to win ICS T-Shirt and Aprons.

Savannakhet can sell up to 157 stoves in 5 days.

Champasak Province can sell up to 87 stoves.

Vientiane Capital can also sell up to 77 stoves.

The Activities end at around 19h00 of the 9th October 2014 with the happy on the face of ICS Fan and The Promotion team.

Improved Cook Stoves Empower Disabled Women in Laos
  • 05 September 2014
  • News

Empowering women with disabilities by offering training in income generating activities is a common vision shared by the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC) and the European Union-funded Improved Cook Stove (ICS) programme. The new collaboration under ADB’s Gender and Climate Change project is developed to provide income opportunities for women, while at the same time opening up the market for improved stoves.

On 3rd September, 23 disabled women from LDWDC visited an ICS production workshop in Khokxay Village, Hadxayfong District, to observe the cook stove production process. A lack of reliable and skilled labourers is often a bottleneck for improved cook stove production, however the potential involvement of LDWDC may help address this issue. Mr. Siew, owner of the improved cook stove workshop, was very impressed by the strong spirit and willingness to learn shown by the women when making their first stoves.

Bastiaan Teune, head of the renewable energy sector of SNV Lao PDR commented: “We have made an important first step in what may become one of the largest improved cook stove centers in Laos. This initiative supports the participation of disabled women in a green economy, and for households the stoves save 25% of time and money. Moreover, it reduces pressure on the environment.” Since 2013, 15,000 improved cook stoves have been sold, which are recognizable by their distinct blue label.

New cook stoves tested in Vientiane

The Improved Cook Stove programme provides consumers with more durable and efficient stoves that are not only better for users’ health, but also save households up to 30 USD per year and cooks save more than 30 minutes per day.

The programme has been implemented since 2010 by local Non-Profit Association, the Association for Resource Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI), with technical assistance from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and support from the European Commission, Oxfam and the Blue Moon Fund

The Renewable Energy and New Materials Institute (RENMI) recently conducted the first Controlled Cooking Test (CCT) at its laboratory facilities.  Lao cooks prepared predetermined dishes in a controlled environment using various types of cook stoves. This method of testing allowed cooking time and fuel consumption to be calculated and attributed by stove.

Mr. Bounchan Douangvilay, Deputy Director of RENMI supports the use of CCTs, “The CCT allows us to assess the performance of stoves during a cooking session. This will assist in the development of higher quality stoves that have been produced for the local market and the test will confirm whether they are indeed improved or not.”

The CCT can also be used to measure the amount of air pollution a stove produces in comparison to another. The programme looks at the development of improved stoves to increase efficiency and durability, but also to reduce indoor air pollution and mitigate the negative health impacts on women and children from smoke exposure during cooking.

On plans going forward, Mr. Bounthavy Sengtakoun, a Renewable Energy advisor from SNV commented, “We plan to complete more CCTs in the future as we find it adds much value to the current research and development process.”  RENMI, ARMI and SNV will continue to use this method of testing in the future, not only to assess stove performance but also to provide a platform to obtain insightful feedback from cooks taking part in the test.


Latest News

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Gold Standard Registration

Gold Standard Registration

With income generated from the carbon credits we will be able to continue to provide efficient and...

Improved Cook Stove Testing Laboratories Help to Tackle National Smoke Hazards

Improved Cook Stove…

In Laos, 5,716 people die each year from diseases caused by the smoke from burning wood for...

SWITCH-Asia builds capacity for production of improved cook-stoves

SWITCH-Asia builds capacity…

Mr. Khammai and his wife Ms. Chitsana run a stove-making business out of their home in Champassack...

This programme is funded by European Union