The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the principal authority in Liberia responsible for the management of the environment; coordinates, monitors, supervises and consults with relevant stakeholders on all activities in the protection of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and MoCI with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the Energy and Environment Unit intend to train 45 women from Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi in eco-stove production and group them into small scale enterprises for production and sales of eco-stoves (produce 450 stoves).
Clean and reliable energy makes life better. Clean and reliable energy help to reduced Carbon dioxide emissions, improved health resulting from reduced indoor air pollution, create employment opportunities such as stove manufacturing, distribution, solar assembly etc. Eco-stove provides an affordable alternative to gas and electronic stoves yet maintaining the same technological advantages. The use of Eco-stoves does the following:
- reduce smoke inhalation with significant health benefits,
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
- slows deforestation
- and provide a host of social benefits.
- Reduces deforestation by a significant percentage by promoting the use of reusable stone stoves
- Helps the user achieve energy independence
- Reduces landﬁll by promoting the processing of household waste into bricks which can be used as ﬁre starters for the eco stoves
- Fights poverty by promoting skills development in both the unemployed youth and women
- creates employment, apprenticeship and entrepreneurial opportunities through the manufacturing, distribution, maintenance of eco-stoves
- Reduces cooking cost up to a significant percentage by using reusable volcanic rocks
- Promotes good health by the use of smoke free eco-stoves across the developing world suffering from indoor air pollution through ineﬃcient cook-stoves and the added beneﬁt of light bulbs on the eco-stoves providing the lighting solution in areas without electricity instead of kerosene lamps
In Liberia, there is a slow rise of clean cook-stoves; although they all use biomass as their source of fuel which still contribute to the high rate of deforestation. The initiative also includes the use of bricks which are the source of energy and the stoves have been heavily insulated with clay to retain the heat. A few Liberians depend on biomass stoves to cook. These include charcoal, bricks and ﬁrewood users.