London, United Kingdom: Carbon Neutral Royalty Ltd. (“CNR” or the “Company”), a financing provider for high integrity carbon projects, today announces the formation of a joint venture with BURN Manufacturing (“BURN”). CNR has been granted the rights to finance BURN’s global cookstove manufacturing and distribution operations in return for a share of carbon credits from produced cookstoves.
BURN is a leading international cookstove company, designing, manufacturing, and distributing the world’s most fuel efficient and durable cookstoves. Over the last 12 years, BURN has built a successful business while proving that cookstoves can deliver transformative social, financial, and environmental impacts. BURN’s solar-powered facility in Nairobi, Kenya has existing cookstove production capacity of 3,000,000 per year and expects to expand production capacity to 12,000,000 per year by 2025. The joint venture will finance BURN’s expansion plans globally, with BURN entering Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Nigeria, and Ghana in 2022.
Carbon Neutral Royalty Co-Founder and CEO, Luke Leslie, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with BURN, the industry leading global cookstove manufacturer and developer, that has already improved the lives of millions across Africa. Carbon Neutral Royalty focuses on the highest potential carbon categories and seeks to back leading companies within those categories. BURN has unrivalled cookstove technology and track record and we look forward to partnering with them as they roll out their best-in-class manufacturing and distribution capabilities across Africa. “
Burn Manufacturing CEO, Peter Scott, said: BURN Manufacturing CEO, Peter Scott, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with CNR as our global carbon financing partner. CNR is a recognised carbon financing specialist and was able to offer flexible financing terms to accelerate BURN’s ambitious expansion plans. CNR’s mission to restore the world through removing and avoiding emissions is closely aligned with our core values.”
Today, across the world, an estimated 2.6 billion people still lack access to clean cooking solutions1. 1 billion of these poor and vulnerable people are situated in Africa alone, which constitute 80% of Africa’s total population2. These 180 million households continue to rely on the inefficient use of biomass fuels such as charcoal, wood, and animal dung for cooking that are often used in poorly ventilated rooms. As a result, cooking is both a costly and hazardous process, causing more than 500,000 deaths annually in Africa3. Millions more suffer from chronic illnesses caused by air pollution from inefficient and dangerous cooking fuels and stoves. BURN’s cookstoves help to reduce the prevalence of such health issues and significantly reduce carbon emissions from traditional cooking methods, estimated to reduce emissions to only one-tenth of traditional cooking methods.
BURN’s products have been independently verified as the most fuel-efficient natural- draft biomass stoves in the world. An Independent study by UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, with inputs from Nobel Laureates Abhijit Bhanerjee and Esther Duflo, validated the efficiency and savings of BURN’s products, confirming their ability to bring fuel-efficient, cleaner cooking to households. According to the World Bank, 85% of Africans live on less than $2,000 per year, and on average a family would save
$119 per year using a BURN Jikokoa cookstove4. BURN has a 35-member product development team which is continually improving cookstove’s efficiency, as well as launching five new products including a pioneering electric cookstove due to be rolled out in Q4 2022.
Apart from the health and cost benefits of BURN’s cookstoves, each Jikokoa cookstove, on average, reduces 5 tons of CO2 emissions per annum. Research calculated that the avoided environmental damages in terms of greenhouse gas emissions is equal to $147/stove/year5. It is estimated that the 2.1 million cookstoves sold to date by BURN has already reduced 11 million tons of CO₂ and saved 6 million tons of wood from indigenous forests.
BURN is the only vertically integrated modern cookstove facility in Africa, from product conceptualization to delivery, and has received recognition for its cutting-edge innovation and environmental and social impact by winning multiple awards including a Bloomberg New Energy Finance Award, a Swiss Energy and Climate Summit award, an Ashden Clean Energy for Women and Girls Award and a Global LEAP Affordability award. BURN also recently featured on the Nasdaq Market site in Times Square, New York as one of the Norrsken Foundation’s 2022 Impact100 list of the world’s most promising impact start-ups.
1 WHO Global Health Observatory. (2022). Population with Primary Reliance on Polluting Fuels and Technologies for Cooking.
2 WHO Global Health Observatory: household air pollution statistics (2020)
3 World Bank (2014), Clean and Improved Cooking in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Landscape Report
4 Credit, Attention, and Externalities in the Adoption of Energy Efficient Technologies by Low-Income Households, Berkouwer et al., 2022
5 Credit, Attention, and Externalities in the Adoption of Energy Efficient Technologies by Low-Income Households, Berkouwer et al., 2022
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