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‘Oorja’ in India
Description: An article on the topic of assessing a large-scale commercial distribution of advanced biomass stoves to households.
Date: 18 July 2014
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Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0973082614000039

Thurber, M. C., Phadke, H., Nagavarapu, S., Shrimali, G., & Zerriffi, H. (2014). ‘Oorja’ in India: Assessing a large-scale commercial distribution of advanced biomass stoves to households. Energy for Sustainable Development, 19, 138-150.

Abstract: Replacing traditional stoves with advanced alternatives that burn more cleanly has the potential to ameliorate major health problems associated with indoor air pollution in developing countries. With a few exceptions, large government and charitable programs to distribute advanced stoves have not had the desired impact. Commercially-based distributions that seek cost recovery and even profits might plausibly do better, both because they encourage distributors to supply and promote products that people want and because they are based around properly-incentivized supply chains that could more be scalable, sustainable, and replicable.

Hisham Zerriffi is Assistant Professor and Ivan Head South/North Research Chair, Liu Institute for Global Issues.

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