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
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
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