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Combating Deforestation? – Impacts of Improved Stove Dissemination on Charcoal Consumption in Urban Senegal

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  • Gunther Bensch
  • Jörg Peters

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With 2.7 billion people relying on woodfuels for cooking in developing countries, the dissemination of improved cooking stoves (ICS) is frequently considered an effective instrument to combat deforestation particularly in arid countries. This paper evaluates the impacts of an ICS dissemination project in urban Senegal on charcoal consumption using data collected among 624 households. The virtue of our data is that it allows for rigorously estimating charcoal savings by accounting for both household characteristics and meal-specific cooking patterns. We find average savings of 25 percent per dish. In total, the intervention reduces the Senegalese charcoal consumption by around 1 percent.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0306.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0306

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Keywords: Impact evaluation; energy access; cooking fuels; deforestation; Africa;

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  1. Gunther Bensch & Jörg Peters, 2012. "A Recipe for Success? Randomized Free Distribution of Improved Cooking Stoves in Senegal," Ruhr Economic Papers 0325, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  2. Michael Grimm & Jörg Peters, 2012. "Improved Cooking Stoves that End up in Smoke?," RWI Positionen, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, pages 09, 09.

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