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Combating Deforestation? – Impacts of Improved Stove Dissemination on Charcoal Consumption in Urban Senegal


Gunther Bensch


Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Jörg Peters


Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

December 1, 2011


Abstract:     
With 2.7 billion people relying on woodfuels for cooking in developing countries, the dissemination of improved cooking stoves (ICS) is frequently considered an effective instrument to combat deforestation particularly in arid countries. This paper evaluates the impacts of an ICS dissemination project in urban Senegal on charcoal consumption using data collected among 624 households. The virtue of our data is that it allows for rigorously estimating charcoal savings by accounting for both household characteristics and meal-specific cooking patterns. We find average savings of 25 percent per dish. In total, the intervention reduces the Senegalese charcoal consumption by around 1 percent.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: impact evaluation, energy access, cooking fuels, deforestation, Africa

JEL Classification: O13, O22, Q41, Q56

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Date posted: January 4, 2012  

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Bensch, Gunther and Peters, Jörg, Combating Deforestation? – Impacts of Improved Stove Dissemination on Charcoal Consumption in Urban Senegal (December 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1978710 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1978710

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Gunther Bensch
Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany
Jörg Peters (Contact Author)
Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )
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45128 Essen
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