Effectiveness of improved cookstoves to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries. The case of the cassamance natural subregion, Western Africa

Sota Sández, Candela de la and Lumbreras Martin, Julio and Mazorra Aguiar, Javier and Narros Sierra, Adolfo and Fernández García, Luz and Borge García, Rafael (2014). Effectiveness of improved cookstoves to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries. The case of the cassamance natural subregion, Western Africa. "Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection", v. 2 (n. 1); pp. 1-5. ISSN 2327-4336. https://doi.org/10.4236/gep.2014.21001.

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Title: Effectiveness of improved cookstoves to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries. The case of the cassamance natural subregion, Western Africa
Author/s:
  • Sota Sández, Candela de la
  • Lumbreras Martin, Julio
  • Mazorra Aguiar, Javier
  • Narros Sierra, Adolfo
  • Fernández García, Luz
  • Borge García, Rafael
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection
Date: January 2014
Volume: 2
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Indoor Air Pollution; Improved Cookstoves; Biomass Burning ; Health Effects; Western Africa
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Química Industrial y del Medio Ambiente
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The Spanish NGO "Alianza por la Solidaridad" has installed improved cookstoves in 3000 households during 2012 and 2013 to improve energy efficiency reducing fuelwood consumption and to improve in-door air quality. The type of cookstoves were Noflaye Jeeg and Noflaye Jaboot and were installed in the Cassamance Natural Subregion covering part of Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) has conducted a field study on a sample of these households to assess the effect of improved cookstoves on kitchen air quality. Measurements of carbon monoxide (CO) and fine particle matter (PM2.5) were taken for 24-hr period before and after the installation of improved cook-stoves. The 24-hr mean CO concentrations were lower than the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for Guinea-Bissau but higher for Senegal and Gambia, even after the installation of improved cookstoves. As for PM2.5 concentrations, 24-hr mean were always higher than these guidelines. However, improved cookstoves produced significant reductions on 24-hr mean CO and PM2.5 concentrations in Senegal and for mean and maximum PM2.5 concentration on Gambia. Although this variability needs to be explained by further research to determine which other factors could affect indoor air pollution, the study provided a better understanding of the problem and envisaged alternatives to be implemented in fu-ture phases of the NGO project.

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Item ID: 23210
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/23210/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:23210
DOI: 10.4236/gep.2014.21001
Official URL: http://file.scirp.org/pdf/GEP_2014011516165881.pdf
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 29 Mar 2014 09:30
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 15:49
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