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For cook and climate: Certify cookstoves in their contexts of use

Abdelnour, S; Pemberton-Pigott, C; (2018) For cook and climate: Certify cookstoves in their contexts of use. Energy Research & Social Science , 44 pp. 196-198. 10.1016/j.erss.2018.05.014. Green open access

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Abstract

Improved cookstoves are widely promoted as a health and climate improving technology, yet there remains a wide gap between their reputed benefits and the inconclusive outcomes of most interventions. An increasing number of scientists suggest that the popular lab protocols used to test, rate and model the benefits of improved cookstoves are at least partly to blame. Insights from a recent study of improved cookstove users in Darfur, Sudan, reveal the extent to which the logic and goals of lab-based testing protocols differ from actual cooking practices. We elaborate on the climate and energy policy implications of decontextualized lab tests and conclude with a call to design, test and select for dissemination only those improved cookstoves that are rated on the basis of their intended contexts of use.

Type: Article
Title: For cook and climate: Certify cookstoves in their contexts of use
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.05.014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.05.014
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).
Keywords: Biomass fuel, Improved cookstoves, Contextual testing, Darfur, Sudan
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079080
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