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Good Stove Better Cooking: the quality label

 MEMD has been promoting the stove sector through a number of actives that include; capacity building, awareness creation through media and setting up of demonstrations, formulation of standards, and coordination of sector players to mention but a few.

MEMD in partnership with GIZ -EnDev have over the years carried out numerous trainings for local stove artisans in the construction of improved cook stoves as a way of building capacity and protecting consumers from inferior stove products. 

As a result the GSBC label was developed as a ‘quality label’ to be given to trained stove manufactures and as an identity to the stoves that are representative of the minimum performance requirements that had been formed after a consensus between MEMD and GIZ-EnDev. 

The stove quality label was approved by the Permanent Secretary and launched by the Minister during the energy week of 2014 in Lugogo. The branding of the artisans was a way to build confidence in the good stove making business which is of benefit to the consumer and the producer

Improved Cookstove Minimum Performance Requirements for the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC)

In line with ongoing global efforts to develop standards on clean cooking through the ISO TC 285, the Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cooking (UNACC), is working with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) towards defining preliminary minimum requirements for performance and labelling of stoves on the Ugandan market. This will provide a base for improvement in the quality of manufactured stoves and more user awareness. It will benefit stove producers, users, government, support organizations and testing centers etc

  1. Scope: Household solid biomass stoves using firewood, charcoal, briquettes, agricultural residues, pellets as fuel
  2. Suggested stove Minimum Performance Requirements
    • Parameters
    • Suggested Minimum Requirements
    • Remarks
    • Thermal Efficiency
    • -Wood stoves: 25%
      -Non wood stoves e.g. charcoal, briquettes: 35%
    • Based on IWA Water Boiling Test
    • Safety ratings
    • Good (sum ? 84)
    • Based on Biomass Stove Safety Protocol. Stove safety rating of sum ? 84 (moderate risk for minor injuries and low risk for major injuries)
    • Emissions ratings
    • -PM:< 8 mg/minute
      -CO: Work towards reduction in CO emissions
    • Based on Water Boiling Test
    • Warranty
    • 1 year warranty period
    • Based on a consensus reached in the Entebbe STC Meeting held on 16th – 17th Dec 2014
  • The current values stated above are based on data available currently on stove performance for sampled local stoves for the Ugandan market. With additional testing and availability of supporting data, these values will be improved.
  • These values will continuously be revised upwards to encourage improvement in stove performance and competitiveness on the global market.
  • This benchmarking is primarily based on low mass locally manufactured stoves; further categorization will be done in the future with availability of data on performance of high mass stoves e.g. the shielded mud stoves.