Indonesia cookstoves

Traditional cooking devices still used by most Indonesian households lack energy efficiency and generate air pollution.Thus, StovePlus (GERES) aims to provide technical and implementation assistance to the CSI program in order to achieve access to modern cooking solutions in Indonesia.

In the country, more than 20 million Indonesian households, out of more than 60 million in total, continue to rely on firewood as their primary cooking fuel and many others as a secondary fuel as well.

The traditional cooking devices generate air pollution and are harmful to households members, in particular women and their children. ­

To help tackle this problem, StovePlus has invested 250 000 euros to offer to the population improved stoves for their daily cooking. To implement the project, the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the World Bank, YDD (Light of the Village Foundation), StovePlus, the Bank Rakyat Indonesia, the AFD (French Agency for Development) and APEX consulting decided to focus their efforts on what already exists.

The current and main laboratory in Yogyakarta, which is already working on this topic, is being equipped and renovated to become fully operational for stove testing.

Two anthropologists were mandated by the laboratory to conduct a study on households cooking habits. Considering the results, it was decided that the laboratory would test the stoves tasting rice, chicken-based dishes and the famous chili pasta to imitate the end-users habits.

The existing stoves of Indonesia are rated with stars according to specific criterias to evaluate their efficiency and cleanliness. Thanks to this scoring system, producers can get more or less subsidies.

The laboratory will have to rank the cooking time, the heating power, fuel consumption, etc. These existing stoves have to be as close as possible to the most common devices used by the population to meet their needs. If they don’t, people will not adopt them.

Also, they have to be efficient and clean to improve livelihoods and to reduce negative consequences for the environment.

The team is yet testing stoves from big to small companies implemented in Indonesia.

The project not only wishes to spread more improved cookstoves but also seeks to identify and support local private actors.

Indeed, GERES has a long-term experience strengthening local value-chains, in particular in Cambodia.

Thanks to this skill, the team is able to improve traditional stoves commonly used in Indonesia to fit the habits and to increase the adoption by people.

The last step of the project is to raise the awareness about how to use these stoves. As a matter of fact, if you buy a mobile phone and you let it outside, under the rain, or you let it fall, your device will not work correctly anymore. So, knowing how to use the mobile phone means use it the best of its abilities. The cookstoves have to be used properly likewise to work well.

At the end of the program, Indonesia should offer a large range of improved products, answering the needs of all the population & reducing the pressure on the natural resources of the country.


Picture: Mr. George SORAYA (Deputy Director WB Jakarta), Mrs. ZHANG Yabei (Team Leader CSI, WB), Mr. Rida MULYANA, MSc., General Director of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of GOI, Mr. Nazwar NAWAWI, head of Custodian and Trust Services, Investment and Capital Market Services Desk, Indonesian People’s Bank (BRI – Bank Rakyat Indonesia), Mr. Bertrand POCHE, AFD Jakarta