In Bangladesh, more than 90% of the total population use biomass fuel for cooking and other heating purposes causing indoor air pollution (IAP). The smokes emitted from traditional stoves also cause health hazards to its users mainly women and children. On the other hand, the energy used for cooking causes huge resource costs in terms of money and time.
To solve the above problems CCDB in partnership with its technical partner Bridge Builders, Germany has undertaken a long-term pro-poor carbon program with the funding from Bread for the World, Germany. This project will bring poor people into carbon business for their economic development and reduce indoor air pollution and health hazard.
Project Goals: Contribute to tackling energy poverty and poverty alleviation of poor communities by implementing carbon emission reduction projects. Project Objective: To enhance capacity of CCDB to implement and operate a countrywide ICS carbon program that reduces CO2 emissions, deforestation and improves the livelihood of the poor.
Working Area: Six districts such as Barguna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Gopalgonj, Barisal and Bandarban.
Duration: First Phase - January 2015 to December 2017
Technology development: Project has embarked on a research to develop a High Efficient Improved Cook Stove Model for Household Use in collaboration with the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR). CCDB, BCSIR and Bridge Builders, Germany together have identified problems with the existing cook stove models, which will be addressed through research and development of a new high efficient improved cook stove. Knowledge and skill development: The project aims to develop the capacity of CCDB staff and community volunteers through training and exposure for the development and implementation of pro-poor carbon program. The project is meant to provide a new high efficient improved cook stove for 1000 families of six districts and train them for installation, maintenance and fuel wood use. Community awareness will be developed through mass campaign, court yard meeting and video documentary.
Development of Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Process: The project seeks to develop an Advanced Electronic Monitoring System (AEMS) for continuous data collection and preservation as per the UNFCCC standard. The project is developing a baseline of fuel wood use in the six districts for developing MRV. The project staff and community volunteers will be trained on the MRV process.
Development of the carbon business strategy: The project will sell the Certified Emission Reduction to the international buyer and network. Besides, this innovative market will be developed within the country with the help from the government, BGMEA and FBCCI. The project will develop a mechanism for sharing profit accrued from the carbon business with the beneficiary groups.