Berkeley Air Monitoring Group conducted an assessment of potential health impacts of the Envirofit HM-4000 improved cookstove in rural and urban Honduran homes. The team used light-scattering and filter-based household air pollution instruments as well as stove-use monitoring instruments to characterize use and impact of the improved cooking technologies.
Berkeley Air supported Winrock International to prepare and deliver capacity building workshops in Guatemala and Vietnam to train stakeholders in how to design and implement studies to assess cookstove usage patterns and household energy transitions. Displacement of polluting baseline technologies is a critical component of achieving health gains from changes in cooking technologies and fuels.
Berkeley Air is coordinating the air quality and stove usage monitoring effort for the study. The randomized controlled trial is assessing the health effects of LPG stove interventions in 3,200 households in Rwanda, Guatemala, India, and Peru. Overall, the study goal is to provide evidence regarding potential health benefits of reduced HAP exposure, and evidence, including costs and implementation strategies,…
Cross-sectional field study of cookstove usage, fuel consumption, indoor PM2.5 concentrations, and well-being impacts on main cook in rural and urban Honduran homes. Mixed method assessment including sensors, surveys, and semi-structured interviews.a
With funding from the Shell Foundation, Berkeley Air partnering with household energy researchers at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala to conduct a field evaluation of an improved plancha stove in Honduras.
Quantifying the Climate, Air Quality, and Health Benefits of Improved Cookstoves: An Integrated Laboratory, Field, and Modeling Study
This study is a collaboration between Colorado State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Berkeley Air Monitoring Group under the EPA STAR Grant for “Measurements and Modeling for Quantifying Air Quality and Climatic Impacts of Residential Biomass or Coal Combustion for Cooking, Heating, and Lighting”.
Between July and August 2012, Berkeley Air teamed with its field partner Universidad del Valle (UVG) to support a carbon finance project in Guatemala developed by Stove Capital, The Paradigm Project, and Impact Carbon, and implemented by Socorro Maya, CEMEX, and Ecofiltro.
Berkeley Air provided IAP monitoring equipment, training, and analysis and reporting support to a team of researchers from the University of Mary Washington undertaking a study of an improved cookstove program. The team conducted IAP monitoring in 40 households in a small squatter community on the outskirts of El Progresso, Honduras.
Berkeley Air partnered with the World Health Organization, the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (under the auspices of the US Environmental Protection Agency), and the Pan American Health Organization to conduct three regional technical capacity building workshops on indoor air pollution and household energy monitoring for WHO national affiliates and other professionals in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Berkeley Air researchers conducted a study in Ciudadela de San Martin, Nicaragua, to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of two models of the EcoStove (or Ecofogon) — one fully open and one semi-closed — in reducing indoor air pollution (IAP). Using a randomized stove intervention trial, we evaluated the influence of stove type on kitchen air pollution levels and women’s exposures to fine particulate matter.