Envirofit International Newsletter-Spring 2016


I am happy to report solid growth in the first quarter of 2016 across the multiple geographies where Envirofit operates. We’re excited to announce that we’ve added another assembly and distribution site to our operations in Western Africa, as the doors of our facility in Accra, Ghana opened earlier this month. Our team has already shipped out hundreds of stoves to customers who are excited to own an Envirofit cookstove.


Clean Energy Solutions – Envirofit India Managing Director Harish Anchan in TerraGreen Magazine - April 2016

TerraGreen - April 22, 2016

By Shilpa Mohan

Envirofit has evolved from selling a single stove model in India in 2007 to developing over a dozen clean energy solutions that meet the cooking needs of low-income communities in 45 countries across five continents. Tell us about your Journey. “Envirofit was founded on the idea that enterprise principles can transform the development of household and commercial energy technologies for people living poverty.”


PRESS RELEASE - Envirofit Chairman & CEO Ron Bills Recognized as 2016 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year - March 31, 2016

Envirofit International, Inc. - March 31, 2016

By Nate Harper

FORT COLLINS, CO, USA – Envirofit International, a social enterprise that innovates smart clean cookstoves that improve lives on a global scale, today announced that Chairman & CEO Ron Bills was named as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Each year the Schwab Foundation, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, selects a group of individuals and enterprises to be recognized for their innovative approaches and potential for global impact.


PRESS RELEASE - OPIC and Envirofit Partner to Expand Clean Cookstoves’ Global Use - January 21, 2016

OPIC - January 21, 2016

By Charles Stadtlander (OPIC) & Jessica Alderman (Envirofit International)

WASHINGTON – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, today announced a $4 million financing commitment to Envirofit International, a social enterprise that innovates smart energy products to improve lives on a global scale. OPIC financing will support the commercial expansion of Envirofit’s business operations to provide their cutting edge, high quality, low cost, clean cookstove technology across the world.


PRESS RELEASE - Changing Cooking Habits Could Eliminate 1 Billion Tonnes of CO2 Equivalent per Year - December 11, 2015

- December 11, 2015

By Envirofit International, Inc.

Global leaders are meeting in France at the COP21 conference to debate how countries can curb pollution by businesses and households in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. Discussion is expected to center on the recurring goals of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial manufacturing and fossil fuels.


Envirofit International Newsletter-Fall 2015

Cooking in One Million Kitchens - December 10, 2015

This past quarter marked a major milestone for Envirofit with the announcement of our 1 millionth household reached. Through these 1 million stoves we impacted 5 million people, prevented the release of 17 million tons of CO2, saved consumers 138 million dollars in fuel costs, saved wood collectors 18 million working weeks of time, and created 2,400 jobs.


PRESS RELEASE - Honduras Fights Deforestation and Climate Change with Vida Mejor Program - November 30, 2015

- November 30, 2015

By Envirofit International, Inc.

President Juan Orlando and First Lady Ana Garcia Hernandez employ state program to benefit the people and environment of Honduras

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and First Lady Ana Garcia Hernandez have continued their commitment to preserving the Honduran environment and helping lift their people out of poverty through their ongoing fight against deforestation, pollution, and climate change.


PRESS RELEASE - Envirofit brings affordable clean cooking solutions to one million homes - November 4, 2015

- November 4, 2015

By Envirofit International, Inc.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Nov.4,2015)–Envirofit International announced today that it has reached its one-millionth clean cookstove customer. As a first in the industry, this milestone represents not only the growing global demand for clean cookstoves but also the company’s ability to scale.



Negocios ProMexico Magazine - November 1, 2015

By Emilio Rivero - Envirofit Mexico

It is estimated that about three billion people worldwide are exposed to smoke from domestic open burners inside households. In developing countries smoke intoxication takes the lives of four million people, six times more than malaria and three times more than tuberculosis and AIDS.


COOKING IN ONE MILLION KITCHENS: Lessons Learned in Scaling a Clean Cookstove Business - October 30, 2015

- October 30, 2015

By Envirofit International, Inc.

Envirofit International is a social enterprise that uses a market-based approach to create access to affordable, efficient, clean cooking energy technologies for household and commercial uses, which improves livelihoods, empowers communities, and transforms lives.


PRESS RELEASE - Envirofit Launches Clean Cookstove Factory in Mexico To Fight Deadly Household Smoke From Cooking Fires - September 23, 2015

- September 23, 2015

By Envirofit International, Inc.

The simple act of cooking a meal kills more than 15,000 people in Mexico each year. These deaths are caused by Household Air Pollution (HAP), the smoke from traditional cooking fires which are used by 17 million people in Mexico every day. To combat this health epidemic, Envirofit International --? a social enterprise that designs, develops and delivers the highest performing, lowest cost clean energy cookstoves --? announced the opening of a modern, improved--?cookstove factory in Mexico City, Mexico.


PRESS RELEASE - Envirofit Awarded Grant to Expand Women’s Empowerment Program and Increase Clean Energy Adoption in Rural Kenya - September 4, 2015

- September 4, 2015

By Envirofit International, Inc.

Envirofit, a social enterprise that designs, develops and delivers the highest performing, lowest cost clean energy cookstoves, announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Program in Southern and East Africa to expand their Women’s Empowerment Programs in Kenya.


Envirofit International Newsletter-Spring 2015

Building Local Stove Economies - June 16, 2015

Building a sustainable cookstove business is about more than designing an efficient stove. It is about investing in the entire cookstove value chain. This spring Envirofit has been rapidly growing at a global level and at the local level, where we have expanded from 60 to more than 220 employees worldwide. With the opening of our new factories in Honduras and Mexico, Envirofit has hired 60 new factory works in Mexico and 60 new factory workers in Honduras of which more than 60% are women.


PRESS RELEASE - Envirofit International June 3, 2015

Envirofit International, Inc. - June 3, 2015

Envirofit, a social enterprise that designs, develops and delivers clean energy cookstoves worldwide, announces that their EFI--?100L Institutional cookstove has won a 2015 GREEN GOOD DESIGN award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies. A winner in the “Product and Graphic Design” category, the EFI--?100L Institutional cookstove was designed in partnership with ROBRADY design using Envirofit’s patented cookstove combustion chamber architecture and rust resistant alloys.


Efficient cooking Solution

Small Medium Enterprise - May 1, 2015

By Fred Ndung'U

Majority of Kenyans depend on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs. Envirofit International is offering them efficient Jikos and the benefits are immense.


Envirofit International Newsletter-Winter 2014

Better, Cleaner, Smarter, Less Expensive Cookstove Innovation - December 19, 2014

I recently returned from the Cookstove Futures Summit, hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in New York, where I was impressed by the response from the international community to commit 4 billion dollars to the clean cookstove sector. This support marks a monumental change in raising the voice for the clean cookstoves movement to help bring much needed attention funding and global recognition of the battle against indoor air pollution.


ENVIROFIT PRESS RELEASE: Envirofit India Combats Indoor Air Pollution and Climate Change Through Innovative Cooking Technology - Winning WWF Climate Award from Indian Minister

Envirofit International, Inc. - August 15, 2014

According to the World Health Organization, cooking over an open fire inside the home is the equivalent to the smoke exposure of inhaling two packs of cigarettes a day. Nearly half the world’s population – 2.6 billion people ­­ cook over inefficient wood ­­ or dung -­ burning open fires inside their homes, which contributes to 4.3 million deaths a year; more than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. In addition, emissions from open fires contribute to as much as 2% of global warming.


Improved Biomass Cook Stove by Envirofit India Pvt. Ltd.

WWE India - August 7, 2014

Winner of the Climate Solver 2013 Award: Energy Access Theme


Envirofit International introduces environment friendly firewood stove in Meru

Eastern Post - August 6, 2014

Residents within Central Eastern and Northern Kenya will have an opportunity to save in fuel consumption and enhance their health after introduction of environment friendly firewood stove.


Javadekar promotes low carbon innovative technologies

Web India 123 - August 5, 2014

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today awarded five small and medium enterprises with the Climate Solver Award 2013 and also released the report titled, 'RE+: Renewables beyond Electricity - Solar Air Conditioning and Desalination in India', to promote low carbon innovative technologies in the country.


Durable, economical stove launched

The Standard - August 4, 2014

By Francis Ngige

Rural families now have a reason to smile after a new cooking stove was launched in Nyeri, Kerugoya, Eldoret, Kitale, Meru and Mombasa.
The stove, dubbed Econofire, is said to improve user's health as well as save money for families around the country.


Fighting against a silent killer

OFID - July 31, 2014

The World Health Organization indicates that thousands of men, women and children die every day from diseases that could be prevented by using clean stoves and fuel. Under its Energy for the Poor initiative, OFID is working to turn this situation around.


Envirofit International - More than cookstoves...

Fox Tale Films - July 9, 2014

A compelling video of Envirofit's ongoing efforts.


Envirofit International Newsletter-Spring 2014

Revolutionize the kitchen. Transform the community. - May 30, 2014

This spring we are happy to announce the launch of our 100L Institutional cookstoves. Recently returning from Kenya, I was honored to stand beside senior figures including Dr. Mary Okelo, Director of the school, Dr. Manu Chandaria, Chairman of Comcraft, and US Ambassador Robert Godec, for the global launch of our institutional stove.


Guardian Sustainable Business partner zone Member Spotlight: Envirofit International

The Guardian - April 23, 2014

By Jessica Alderman

Envirofit International, an organization that champions the adoption of cleaner, greener, and more cost-effective cooking technologies, launched a new 100-litre institutional stove in Kenya on 21 March, 2014.


How Economist Innovation Award winner Envirofit uses carbon finance to distribute improved cookstoves

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves - April 23, 2014

By Caspar Chiquet

Envirofit, producer of improved cookstoves, recently won the The Economist’s Innovation Awards 2013. The prestigious award, which is in its 12th year, was presented to Envirofit in the category Energy and Environment for their development of technologies that improve indoor air quality in the developing world.



Nairobi News - April 12, 2014


Schools, hospitals and prisons will be the main beneficiaries of the latest cooking technology.


PRESS RELEASE - Envirofit International March 21, 2014

Envirofit International, Inc. - March 21, 2014

Ministry of Education, Kaluworks and US Ambassador join launch of Envirofit Clean Cooking initiative for schools, communities and households


Envirofit International presents the Institutional Stove

Fox Tale Films - March 18, 2014


Envirofit International Newsletter - Winter 2013

Envirofit International, Inc. - December 19, 2013

By Ron Bills

As the holidays are swiftly approaching Envirofit is gearing up for an exciting new year.


How Envirofit's Clean-Burning Cookstoves Work

Bloomberg TV - December 11, 2013

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Ron Bills, chairman and CEO of Envirofit, discusses the company's new cookstove designed to improve efficiency and reduce toxic emissions. He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)


PRESS RELEASE: Founders of Envirofit International Selected as Energy and The Environment Innovators of the Year by The Economist

Cision - November 25, 2013

By Envirofit International, Inc.

Tim Bauer, Nathan Lorenz and Bryan Willson, founders of Envirofit International, a company that delivers clean-burning cookstove technology to the developing world, have been named this year’s Energy and Environment Innovators, by The Economist magazine, based in London.


Entrepreneur: Envirofit Kenya's cooking stoves

CNBC Africa - November 18, 2013

By Loise Wachira

The growing Emphasis on the importance of adopting clean energy across the world cannot be overlooked. CNBC Africa's Loise Wachira caught up with entrepreneurs who are cashing in on this need.


Ambuja Cement, Envirofit to provide green stoves in Gujarat, Rajasthan

The Times of India | Ahmedabad - November 16, 2013

By Chitra Unnithan

AHMEDABAD: Ambuja Cement and cook stove manufacturer, Envirofit have joined hands to combat indoor air pollution, which claims over 5,00,000 lives annually.

Ambuja Cement has set a target of distributing 10,000 Envirofit cookstoves in 100 days to 60 villages across Rajasthan and Gujarat. A total of 8,000 cook stoves have already been distributed under this venture.


Envirofit Institutional Cookstove 2013 Product Winner - Gold

Spark Awards - November 16, 2013

With proven increases in efficiency and reduction of emissions, the Envirofit Institutional Cookstove is an economical and safe cooking alternative for orphanages, schools, and community centers. The Cookstove utilizes all of Envirofit’s industry-leading household cookstove technologies into a highly-efficient institutional-sized model designed for scalability depending on the needs of the location.


US firm targets institutions with special stoves

Business Daily - November 12, 2013


A US-based manufacturer of energy-saving stoves that opened a plant on Mombasa Road early this year is targeting institutions with products it says will reduce firewood cost by up to 80 per cent.


Envirofit Expands Access to Clean Cooking Technology in Kenya and Joins the Business Call to Action

CSRwire - October 31, 2013

By Business Call to Action

NEW YORK, NAIROBI, /CSRwire/ - U.S. based social enterprise Envirofit International has announced it will join the Business Call to Action (BCtA), with plans to reduce greenhouse gases by 193,500 tons of carbon through the sales of 150,000 clean cookstoves across Kenya in the next two years.


Envirofit International Newsletter-Summer 2013

Celebrating 10 Years & Reaching New Milestones - September 4, 2013

I am proud to announce that Envirofit has officially reached its 10-year anniversary and the demand for cookstoves is stronger than ever. Envirofit is making waves across Africa, Latin America, and India, crossing new milestones, having now impacted more than 3 million people. This global reach is representative of the exponential growth of our cookstove sales in the last year.


US eco-stove firm Envirofit eyes EA from Nairobi hub

Business Daily - April 29, 2013

By Ponciano Odongo

Had Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai lived to see the innovations linked to saving the environment, she would probably take note of companies like Envirofit.


Envirofit International Newsletter-Spring 2013

Scaling Production & Expanding Markets - April 8, 2013

As Spring is approaching it is a busy time at our rapidly growing social enterprise. Consumer demand and the success of our distribution partners are driving increased sales across the board. We remain focused on customer satisfaction, supporting our partners, new product development, and expanding localized production capacity. With this increased demand we are positioned to more than double our sales volume in 2013.


Envirofit International Newsletter-December 2012

Fostering Sustainable Social Enterprise in the Global Market - December 21, 2012

This time of year, as we reflect on the past and look ahead to 2013, I see excellent positive momentum. The recent announcement in the Lancet from the 201o Global Burden of Disease Study emphasized the urgency in the clean cookstoves sector. The new assessment suggests that household air pollution kills 4 million people annually- double the previous estimate.


Envirofit partners local firm to market clean efficient cookstoves

Modern Ghana - November 7, 2012

By Kofi Adu Domfeh

Envirofit International has started a partnership with Ghana's Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD) to promote its clean efficient cookstoves on the local market.


Partner Spotlight: Envirofit International

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves - September 28, 2012

By Jessica Alderman - Envirofit International

When 3 billion people lack access to a clean cookstove, how can you have the greatest reach while maintaining the most sustainable impact?


Envirofit's Summer 2012 Newsletter!

Envirofit International - August 28, 2012

Click here to catch up on all of our latest happenings and product developments!


Arrival of efficient cook stoves in Cameroon

Buea/Douala, Cameroon - April 16, 2012

By atmosfair

atmosfair celebrates the start of his fourth cook stove project in Africa with the arrival of the efficient cook stoves in Cameroon! Few days after Easter, the staff of Pro Climate International and the director Jean Claude Tsafack transported the Envirofit stoves of the type G3300 from the harbour to their final storage site.


Amul to help market stoves of Envirofit in Gujarat

Virendra Pandit - Ahmedabad - February 28, 2012

By The Hindu Business Line

After selling about 2.5 lakh stoves in the four southern States, Envirofit India Pvt Ltd, pioneers in reducing indoor air pollution (IAP), is now focusing on western India through a pilot project in partnership with Amul which will help market improved cook stoves (ICS) to those dependent on biomass for cooking food at home.


Envirofit International 2012 Product Overview

- February 16, 2012

We are pleased to present our 2012 Product Overview. Please click the "Read More" link so you may download your copy today!



CEESD | Ghana - February 10, 2012

By Centre for Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development

Woodfuels continue to play a very significant role in Ghana’s energy mix. Woodfuels constitute nearly 60% of the primary energy demand making it the most sought after fuel in the country at the moment. Woodfuels constitute about 80% of the energy demand for cooking. In rural areas the demand for woodfuels can be as high as 90% in some cases. Though government efforts are jeered towards reducing the percentage of woodfuels consumption in the country,


ORNL, Partners Earn FLC Honor for Cookstove Technology

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - February 2, 2012

By Newswise

Envirofit International, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Colorado State University have won a Federal Laboratory Consortium award for excellence in technology transfer for a clean-burning cookstove designed for the developing world.


Envirofit introduces improved charcoal cook stove to Ghanaian market

Accra, GNA - November 14, 2011

By Ghana News Agency

Envirofit, an American-based energy efficiency corporation, on Monday introduced Charcoal Cook stove in the Ghanaian market with the aim of reducing pollution and energy dependency while improving environmental, economic and health benefits for consumers.


Statement by Julia Roberts on World Pneumonia Day

Washington, DC - November 10, 2011

By Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts, who serves as Global Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, released the following statement today in recognition of World Pneumonia Day, which falls on November 12th:

“This World Pneumonia Day I’m speaking out as a mother about the leading killer of children under the age of 5."...


Case Study: Cleaner Cooking Makes Business Sense in Ramnagar

Smoke In The Kitchen-Shell Foundation - August 18, 2011

By Shell Foundation India

Suresh is a self-employed tavern owner from Ramnagar, Karnataka - a small but rapidly growing town between Bangalore and Mysore made popular by the legendary Bollywood film Sholay.


Secretary Clinton Gets Fired Up Over Safer Cooking

U.S. Consulate General Chennai - August 2, 2011

Program and Events - July 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary CLinton took time during her busy day in Chennai to underscore the importance of cleaner and healthier cooking methods for the safety and empowerment of Indian women and children.


Local groups participate in Clinton-backed global alliance July 21, 2011

The Coloradoan - July 21, 2011

By Bobby Magill

Envirofit, TWP join effort to provide clean cookstoves to people in developing countries

Two Fort Collins cookstove makers are part of a U.S. State Department effort to provide clean-burning cookstoves to people in developing nations.

Both Envirofit International and Trees, Water & People, or TWP, are members of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, part of a State Department campaign to help make cooking safer for women and children in the developing world.


Envirofit India Selling a 'Smoke-less' Future

Shell Foundation - India - July 21, 2011

By Shell Foundation

Traditional firewood cookstoves are not just appliances for cooking food. They are cultural products that have evolved over centuries to serve the needs of the local community according to local cuisine, average family sizes and availability of fuel.


Envirofit International Newsletter

Envirofit's Latest Efforts - June 1, 2011

There are a lot of great things happening at Envirofit and within the Clean Cookstoves business sector. We continue to rapidly grow our business in India, Africa and the rest of the world. We are now in over 40 countries. Our product line driven by the “Voice of the Customer” continues to grow. We have released the world's most efficient charcoal stove (CH2200), the world’s cleanest charcoal stove (CH4400), a built in stove (Z3000) and the soon to be released M5000 modular stove that will allow for localization of manufacturing efforts within host countries. We are planning trials of our assembly operations within Kenya mid-summer.


Indoor Air Quality Updates

IAQ News and Research Alerts - May 25, 2011

By iapnews.wordpress.com

Environmentalists seek to set research agenda on indoor air pollution

Nearly half the world's people use open fires and traditional biomass cooking stoves that expose them to indoor air pollution and cause an estimated 1.9 million premature deaths a year. Women and children are particularly affected.


PRESS RELEASE - Partnership Cooks Up New Solution To Poverty And Climate Change

Online PR News - February 23, 2011

New cross-sector partnership launched to tackle Indoor Air Pollution at scale in Nigeria by providing 2 million clean cookstoves.

Envirofit International (a global cookstoves business) and Shell Foundation (an international foundation) have joined forces with the US-based carbon finance business, C-Quest Capital, to kickstart a clean cookstoves industry in Nigeria. Clean cookstoves are the most viable solution to Indoor Air Pollution (IAP), the toxic smoke that claims one life every 16 seconds in the developing world. The partners aim to deliver two million improved cook-stoves to Nigerian households over the next seven years.


Hopes on stove November 22, 2010

The Fiji Times ONLINE - November 22, 2010

By Monika Singh

THE Department of Energy hopes that the new biomass cooking stoves introduced by an environment-friendly company will reduce Fiji's imported fuel bill.

Department of Energy's Biofuel section representative Viliame Vosarogo made the comment at the launch of Envirofit clean cook stove at their shop in Nausori on Saturday.

The stoves were brought by Amit Singh, who is the chief executive officer of Green Pacific Enterprises, a Canadian company working in partnership with American organisation Envirofit International.


Indoor Air Pollution September 25, 2010

The Economist - September 25, 2010

Smoke from cooking stoves kills poor people

After vaccines and bed nets, could the humble cooking stove be the next big idea to save millions of lives in poor countries? Hillary Clinton, America’s secretary of state, hopes so. She was marking the launch on September 21st of a new alliance that aims to raise $250m to supply clean stoves to 100m poor households by 2020.


Developing Nations to Get Clean-Burning Cookstoves

The New York Times - September 21, 2010

By John M. Broder

WASHINGTON – Nearly three billion people in the developing world cook their meals on primitive indoor stoves fueled by crop waste, wood, coal and dung. Every year, according to the United Nations, smoke from these stoves kills 1.9 million people, mostly women and children, from lung and heart diseases and low birth weight.


Clean Stoves for All

Newsweek - July 24, 2010

By Jeremy Kahn

When it comes to fighting global warming, much of the world’s attention has focused on ways to eliminate coal-fired power plants, promote electric vehicles, and build wind farms. But what if there were something far simpler and more low-tech that would have the same benefit as taking more than half the cars in the United States off the road? Well, it turns out there is—which is why everyone from the U.S. Congress to the United Nations and the philanthropic wing of Shell Oil is suddenly talking about cookstoves.


The Stove that Won't Kill the World's Poor

Sunday Times - February 14, 2010

By Tariq Tahir

NEARLY half the world’s population relies on crude open-fire stoves. They produce hundreds of millions of tones of climate-damaging carbon dioxide and are often lethal to their users. According to the World Health Organisation , a person dies every 20 seconds from illnesses brought on by inhaling the toxins in the soot from wood, animal dung or other detritus that serves as fuel.