Improving Homes and Protecting Forests

Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Cape Coast, Winneba, Tema, and other parts of Ghana.


This project protects forests in Ghana by addressing a root cause of deforestation: The heavy use of firewood for daily cooking. By providing families with the “Gyapa” cookstove, this project measurably reduces carbon emissions and makes homes safer.

How it works

40% of the world’s population cooks their food on open fire. That means three billion people can only have a warm meal if trees are chopped down every day. Reducing the fuel needed for open fire cooking avoids CO2 emissions from deforestation.

The Gyapa cookstove replaces inefficient fire pits and charcoal pots with a cleaner, more fuel-efficient alternative, while maintaining traditional cooking methods. The Gyapa cookstove uses a combustion chamber, insulated with a ceramic liner, which reduces fuel consumption by 50-60%. Carbon financing subsidizes the cost of the stove, making it affordable.

Why we chose it

We chose this project because of its extensive social and health benefits. In Ghana, 18,000 premature deaths are attributed to the heavy smoke exposure in households. The Gyapa cookstove doesn’t only burn hotter and cleaner, it’s also faster to use and cheaper to fuel, saving time and money for families, mostly benefiting women. The project was so successful that the name “Gyapa” is now used synonymously with combustion chamber stoves across Ghana.
Claire Mueller
Head of Finance

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Project fact sheet


Ghana has one of the highest deforestation rates worldwide. In 1990, the country had 8.2 million hectares of high forest. In 2010, only 1.2 million remained. One of the main causes is the inefficient use of wood or charcoal for cooking, used by over 80% of the population.
Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Cape Coast, Winneba, Tema, and other parts of Ghana.
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Project nameGyapa Cook Stoves Project in Ghana
Active since2007
CertificationGold Standard
Project developerClimate Care
Technical documentClimate Care
Project design validated byTÜV Rheinland
Credits verified byCarbon Check, Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS
Registry entryGold Standard Registry
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