Last week the King of Sweden and the Prince of Wales were visiting the Stockholm Environment Institute to get a briefing on several programs that are being carried on by the Governments of Sweden, Great Britain, and the Nordic nations, centered at SEI.
One important program is the cookstove program centered on the CleanCook stove and the promulgation of micro distilleries to provide fuel for the stoves. These micro distilleries also provide a market for farmers who grow the feedstock for the fuel. Thus this is a project that brings agriculture and energy together and creates rural employment.
The project is funded by the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) and similar programs are moving forward in Nigeria and Haiti and are being planned for Madagascar and Kenya. Incidentally, it is Prince Charles who sponsors the prestigious Ashden Award, which this project won in 2008. Prince Charles remembered the stove and expressed appreciation for the on-going work to develop it.
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