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Sensor enabled climate financing

About the Implementing organization

Name: Saunta Gaunta Foundation (SGF)

Country: India

Year of establishment: 2009

Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status


The solution promotes sustained usage of Improved Biomass cook stoves through tracking usage of use of Improved biomass cook stoves using smartphone based sensors. At a cost of approximately US$40 – US$100 (Rs. 2700 – Rs.6500) each, clean cook stoves are currently unaffordable for the estimated two billion people worldwide living on less than US$ 3 a day. Registered carbon credit programs are beginning to provide financial incentives for reducing carbon emissions through the use of clean cook stoves. However, it is difficult and expensive to verify the reduction in carbon emissions produced by clean cook stoves, making it a challenge to apply carbon credits to the use of improved cooking technologies. To address this issue, the StoveTrace includes a mobile phone-based temperature-sensing application and a thermal sensor that connects to an Android phone. Each time the cook stove is fired up, the temperature increase activates the sensor. This temperature data is then uploaded from the cell phone using mobile data to a server where it is analysed to indicate the number of times a stove is used and the duration of each use, enabling remote verification of stove usage. This makes make data available to carbon market investors as proof of reduction in carbon emissions. Also, tracking the usage of the clean cook stove enables us to determine if there is a breakdown and thereafter proactively sending a technician to rectify the breakdown.

Nature Element


Type of Action

Protection / Sustainable use / Pollution prevention, clean up

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

Promotion of Improved cookstoves has resulted in savings of 3750 MT of wood and biomass

Emission reduction of approximately 13750 MT of CO2

Less degradation forest due to use of less wood

Sustainable Development Impacts

Good Health and Well-being - Safeguarding health of families due to less smoke and soot produced by cooking on Improved cook stoves; women who do most of the cooking are most vulnerable to soot and smoke and so are infants who placed close to cook stoves while their mothers cook. Reduces deaths and illnesses from pollution-related diseases Gender Equality - Since the improved cook stoves cook faster women have more time for other activities. Also, time spent on collecting fuelwood is reduced Affordable and Clean Energy - The Improved cook stoves cook faster than traditional cook stoves Climate Action - The initiative has resulted in reduction of 13750 MT of CO2 emissions and reduction in degradation of forests


The initiative can be expanded to a national scale. While currently there are a large number of Improved cook stoves deployed in India, however the Sensor enabled climate financing (SCF) initiative is novel and can help mainstream this initiative. SCF enables tracking hourly usage of clean cook stoves, rewarding families for the carbon emission reduction thereby providing a financial incentive to use improved cook stoves. Also in case there is a breakdown of the improved cook stoves, by tracking the usage we can detect the breakdown and pro


Our partner Nexleaf analytics to replicate the solution in Nigeria. Also our partner M/s Nexleaf Analytics has created a low cost Bluetooth device which will drastically reduce the cost of the tracking the clean cook stove which will reduce the cost of scaling and replication Additionally there are many Improved clean cook stove manufacturers which are developing Improved cook stoves which show better reduction in black carbon emissions

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