Swedish International Development Agency, UN Foundation (Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves), EEP S&A
2012: WWF Climate Solver Award 2014: Skapa Award in Memory of Alfred Nobel
Emerging Cooking Solutions is a social enterprise based in Sweden and operating in Zambia that sells cookstoves fueled by biomass pellets. The pellets are manufactured from sawdust from commercially grown tree species such as eucalyptus and pine. They seek to displace the usage of fuelwood and charcoal, the usage of which contributes to Zambia’s severe deforestation problem.
ECS processes waste biomass such as sawdust, straw, stems, husks, shells and pits into biomass pellets.
The pellets are used in a specialized clean-burning gasification cookstove which is also sold by ECS.
The biomass pellets are environmentally friendly and cheaper than charcoal as a fuel source.
ECS targets low-income people in urban areas who rely on charcoal for cooking.
They also perform institutional sales to businesses and institutions such as restaurants, schools, orphanages, and the food processing industry.
Wana Energy Solutions
Sale of SupaMoto biomass pellets.
Sale of cookstoves.
Consultancies with local businesses.
Emerging Cooking Solution Sweden’s vision is to eradicate extreme, persistent poverty through business. Its mission is to provide millions of families all over the world with clean-burning, gasifying cooking stoves that run on agricultural or forestry residues.
An estimated 66% of urban households in Zambia use unsustainable and expensive fuel sources such as charcoal.
The use of charcoal contributes to deforestation in Zambia and climate change. Zambia loses approximately 250,000-300,000 hectares of forest a year.
Indoor air pollution from cooking and heating leads to an estimated 1.6 million premature deaths annually worldwide. The problem is especially bad in sub-Saharan Africa.
The indoor air pollution experienced by a typical household in this situation is equivalent to smoking 40-60 cigarettes a day.
Where They Are Now
Impact to Date
2000 domestic stoves sold.
30 – 40 institutional stoves sold.
Pellet sales increasing by 15-20% per month.
2010-2012: Feasibility study.
2010-2012: Installed small pellet factory.
2013: Installed larger pellet factory.
2013: Sold 1,000 high-end stoves.
2013: Raised $500,000.
2014: Developed and produced new institutional stove.
2014: Market introduction of new stove. Sold 1000 low-end stoves.
ECS seeks to reach 100 resellers before 2015.
Sales through petrol stations and other outlets.
Increase installed production capacity in 2015.
How They Deliver
SupaMoto pellets are produced locally at a factory that is owned and operated by ECS.
Stoves are sourced both from local suppliers and produced by ECS.
ECS distributes its products through pay-roll deductions in installments, where the stove is bundled with 4×16 kg of pellets (two months supply).
ECS uses direct sales of large institutional stoves and pellets to restaurants and other large kitchens.
ECS also distributes through small businesses or microentrepreneurs to reach the urban poor. These resellers operate on the ground and help ECS achieve last mile distribution.
KIVA aids in the process by providing loans to beneficiaries to help them pay for the cookstoves.
ECS is in the process of partnering with retail chains of other products.
SupaMoto pellets are cheaper than charcoal. Customers save at least 40% compared to charcoal for the same amount of cooking.
The cookstoves have a higher upfront cost, but in the long run the use of SupaMoto pellets with a specialized cookstove is more cost-effective than burning charcoal.
Grants and donations from organizations such as the Swedish International Development Agency, UN foundation (the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves) and EEP S&A.
Loans from shareholders.
ECS seeks to scale throughout Zambia and then to other sub-Saharan African nations.
They seek to accomplish this by acquiring more distributors and building more pellet-producing factories.
ECS is focused on reaching as many customers and thus touching as many lives as possible.
In doing so, they also seek to offset large amounts of carbon and significantly reduce deforestation in Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.
Description: The stoves, both the fanned and the natural draft stoves, work with the intake of secondary air that burns the flammable gases emitted by the carbonizing pellets, thus creating a clean and efficient burn that can be regulated. The pellets are made mainly from sawdust generated from sawmills using plantation pine and eucalyptus timber wood. The sawdust is compressed and binds naturally to form pellets that are clean-burning and easily transportable.