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”. The study features an integrated program of multi-level laboratory and field emissions testing and field exposure monitoring that feed into indoor exposure and global air quality and climate models. Field measurements will take place in China, India, Kenya, and Honduras with support of local partners. The research should provide new insight and tools to improve air quality management decisions and climate evaluations.

As part of the emissions component of the larger study, the Front Range Cookstove Study (FRaCS) took place at Colorado State University as an intensive laboratory testing campaign for biomass cookstoves in August 2014. The objective of FRaCS is to develop a comprehensive inventory of gaseous and particulate emissions from biomass and charcoal stoves as well as understand how stove type, fuel type, and operating conditions affect emissions. Study results will be presented publicly in an open-access database. The study tested approximately 30 stove/fuel combinations in 15 testing days.