The exposure to indoor air pollution caused by pollutants, inefficiency,
and dangerous cooking practices kill almost 4 million people each year worldwide,
and millions suffer from cancer, pneumonia, heart and lung disease, blindness and burns.
The inefficient burning of solid fuels also contributes to climate changes,
deforestation, forest degradation and to the loss of the habitat and of the local biodiversity.
As a source of energy for household activities, more than 3 billion people still use solid fuels such as coal and biomass – wood, charcoal, crop residues and manure. Due to the lack of choice, low-income families from developing countries are more dependent on solid fuels, meanwhile, in rich countries, the households’ energy needs are settled through the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas.
LP gas is among the two most efficient alternative energies and is more efficient than natural gas. In addition, an LP gas stove can be eight times more efficient than the coal stoves. Currently, the only way to increase easy of cooking is to move up the fuel ladder and most women aspire to next level up of fuel. Most women understand that the greatest ease of cooking comes with using gas or electric as your primary fuel source.
ZERO is a portable container of LPG designed to be used directly for cooking food.
It was designed to replace the wood-burning stoves, which are used in a large scale in developing countries.
The UN has recognized and it highlights the role of LP Gas in facilitating progress towards Sustainable Energy for all. Due to these reasons, LPG is ideal for rural homes, solving the problem of millions of people’s deaths in the developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
Matheus Pinto. 2014.