Assessment of the Improved Stove Market in Bangladesh

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as a founding partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance), commissioned this study, through Winrock International, to develop and document innovative models for the creation of a commercial cookstove market in Bangladesh, with a focus on getting to scale. This is consistent with the Alliance’s overarching goal of reaching the global target of “100 by 20,” i.e. 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. Bangladesh was selected as the target market for this study because of its potential to demonstrate rapid deployment of ICS given its unique position at the forefront of SHS commercialization and other off-grid renewables, its previous efforts in promoting ICS, as well as the government’s interest in increasing adoption of ICS through market development.

The purpose of this study was to identify locally operating organizations in Bangladesh involved in improved cookstove activities and programs with significant capacity of achieving scale, as well as to propose areas of intervention where USAID funding could help eliminate clearly identified obstacles to scaling up. Potentially replicable commercialization models in other energy sectors (solar home systems and biogas plants) were closely studied.


Winrock International and E+Co

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