By the application of sunlight cooking, much less firewood and charcoal will be used , which will slower the rate of deforestation, soil degradation and even desertification. This is a big problem in many arid and semi-arid zones in the Tropics.
Beter chances for women and girls
Women and girls will spend less time on collecting firewood and making fire. Consequently, there will be better opportunities for women for education and self development.
Healthier living conditions
Because there is no more need to cook on open wood fires inhouse, the inhalation of toxic smoke will decrease significantly, which will improve the health of women and children immediately .
Stimulation of the economy
We want to stimulate local enterpreneurs to buy our SUREST Sunlight Cooker, with which they can establish an interesting local business by the sales of “packages of solar heat” to cook with. Local enterpreneurs in developing countries often engage in many different activities simultaneously. The production and sales of the heat contained in the heat storage tank, could mean a nice addition to their current business portfolio.
Positive impact on the climate
An average household in developing countries uses about 2 m³ of wood per year for cooking purposes. Because this volume of wood corresponds with 1.6 tons of CO², the daily use of the SUREST Sunlight Cooker will reduce the CO² emission with 1.6 tons per year per cooker. When such a household uses relatively more charcoal, which is often the case in urban areas, than the CO² reduction will be considerably larger (> 2 ton/year).
If we could sell our SUREST Sunlight Cookers to a million households, than this would correspond with a total CO² emission reduction of 1,000,000 x 2 ton = 2 millon tons of CO² equivalents/year. If all 3 billion people, who currently still cook on wood fires, would shift to sunlight cooking, than the positive impact on the climate will be substancial! 3 billion people = 500 million families x 2 ton CO² = 1000 Megatons of CO² equivalents per year. The present global level of Greenhouse gas emissions is about 50.000 Mtons of CO² equivalents/year. This would imply a 2% reduction of the worldwide emissions!