Black carbon (BC) aerosol emissions are a major problem in the six countries bordering the Himalayas. As black carbon aerosols are deposited on the Himalayan glacial surfaces, they further reduce their albedo, accelerating melting. Moreover, black carbon emissions cause premature death for over 1 million people in India alone.
Even though energy-efficient cookstoves and cooking gas lines (LPG) are available, the primary reasons for people not adopting are lack of awareness and affordability.
To reduce CO2 emissions from traditional open-fire cooking using solid fuels, we plan to distribute energy-efficient cookstoves. By using grassroots organizations like Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha (http://www.paschimbangavigyanmancha.org/) we distribute cookstoves and monitor their use. So, companies can fund this program instead of paying for carbon credits.