MAW, ICIMOD join hands

KATHMANDU, FEB 11 -

A pilot study is being carried out to compare the health and air quality impacts of conventional and improved cooking stoves (ICS) used by majority of rural households in Makawanpur within a year.

As a part of the corporate social responsibility, the Morang Auto Works (MAW) Enterprises Private Limited, in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), is planning to distribute 300-smoke free cooking stoves among the rural households and conduct an health-impact study on the use of ICS among the locals.

According to Deepak Agrawal, general manager at the SKODA Division of MAW, the partnership towards cleaner air is an effort of the company towards improving health of the public by mitigating air pollution. “It is now well accepted that no business or enterprises can sustain ignoring the society and the environmental concerns,” he said. In the first phase, the company is providing around Rs 15 million for the partnership.

Various recent scientific studies and researches have found that the black carbon, also called dark soot, emitted from the incomplete combustion of traditional cooking stoves, brick kilns, diesel generators and industries is causing health impacts and also impacting the local climate scenario to some extent. The ICS is considered clean and has been introduced by the government in rural communities to substitute the traditional stoves. It is estimated that an ICS reduces 40 to 50 percent of smoke emissions in comparison with traditional stoves.

Posted on: 2013-02-11 08:35