Back to the Green Island with Efficient and Solar Stoves in Madagascar

Project type: Efficient cook stoves , Solar

Project location: Madagascar

Project status: In operation, credits available

Annual CO₂ reduction: 269,621 t

In order to reduce CO₂ and counter the rapid deforestation on Madagascar, myclimate supports the manufacture and distribution of efficient cookers and climate-friendly solar cookers. The sensibilisation of pupils about environmental protection and climate friendly cooking as well as the reforestation of one seedling per cook stove sold are part of that project.


pupils have been sensibilised

1.6 million


2.6 million

tonnes of wood saved so far

The Swiss-Madagascan organization ADES (Association pour le Développement de l'Energy Solaire) has been producing solar cookers in Madagascar since 2002 and selling them at a reduced price to local households. Since 2010, the project has expanded its activities to the entire island and included also efficient cook stove models that perfectly complement the use of solar cookers if the sun is not shining. Today ADES offers a portfolio of nine different solar and efficient cook stove models for households as well as for institutional and commercial clients such as schools, children's homes and hospitals. The project operates stove production and distribution centres all over the island to serve customers all over Madagascar. Since 2017 a truck has been on the road serving as a mobile promotional and information centre in primarily rural areas in the north of Madagascar.

ADES is currently setting up various events to increase the population's awareness of environmental and health protection, eating healthily and fuel-efficient cooking. With an innovative environmental education programme, ADES is bringing school children and their teachers closer to their native flora and fauna and motivating them to act in an environmentally friendly way.

The climate-friendly cookers save up to 50 per cent of charcoal or firewood consumption resulting in valuable monetary savings for the household’s budget or time savings and less frequent gathering of firewood. Especially women and children benefit from the zero-emission solar cookers or cleaner combustion of efficient cookers due to less exposure to smoke during cooking. The dissemination of efficient and solar cook stoves is an effective means to combat the quickly advancing deforestation in Madagascar and to reduce CO₂ emissions from the use of non-renewable biomass. Additionaly, ADES finances one tree for reforestation each time a cook stove gets sold. 

My grandmother says, Madagascar used to be a green Island. Today, it is a red island.

Eléonore, wife of Luc Rado Rabotoson, project employee, about deforestation.

The  solar cookers are ideal to prepare traditional Madagascan food such as rice, corn, manioc, meat soup or chicken. However, this new way of cooking requires a change of cooking habits. For this ADES carries out special training and awareness building programmes to ensure appropriate and convenient use of the solar cooking technology.

Since 2017, biomass briquettes instead of firewood get used for firing the kilns. These so called artemisia briquettes are one meter long, weigh 10 kilograms and are made of the remaining biomass of the production process of antimalarial drugs. Together with the introduction of a semi-industrial production, the energy efficient cook stoves can not only be produced more climate friendly, but also in a more efficient way and in a better quality.

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    This project contributes to 10 SDGs:

    People benefit from lower fuel expenses. A household saves 23 euros and 462 hours per year.

    Mainly women and children benefit from better air quality.

    During 896 school visits over 100,000 pupils and teachers have been sensibilised for climate protection and clean cooking.

    Especially women and girls have to spend less time collecting fire wood and maintaining the cooking fire.

    1.6 million people benefit from efficient and cleaner cooking.

    176 permanent employees and various work experience offers. Another 143 jobs with local suppliers and around 100 independent stoves retailers.

    9 different stove models are being locally produced with local material in 8 centres.

    Each stove saves around 2.4 t CO₂ per year and 2.5 t of firewood or 0.5 t charcoal.

    2.6 million tonnes of wood saved so far, equaling 13,700 ha of forest area saved.

    302,755 solar and efficient cook stoves have been produced and sold.

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