Welcome to a Better World!

Novotera is a social enterprise which provides carbon negative, smokeless cook stoves to remote regions across South-East Asia.

Biochar cook stoves are a relatively easy solution to three of the biggest problems faced by planet earth and its people.

The use of these stoves helps improve HEALTH ISSUES, FINANCIAL STRUGGLES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS.

HEALTH: 2 million women and children die each year due to air pollution from indoor fires. Over a 20 year period it is possible that a life might be saved for every 15 biochar stoves used. These stoves produce almost no smoke, therefore greatly reducing the likelihood of heart and respiratory disease, as well as eye disease. In addition the reduced smoke means that kitchens will remain clean and white!

FINANCIAL: Our biochar stoves are much more efficient than a regular fire or stove. The user needs to buy or collect 1/3  less wood than before. Our stove heats biomass (wood) without oxygen thereby creating biochar (charcoal). This charcoal can be used for cooking or for heat but it also can be sold. This means that a substantial extra income can be gained by just cooking family meals. Alternately the biochar can be added to soil to improve food security.

ENVIRONMENTAL: Our biochar stoves help slow climate change in 4 ways.

1: By reducing the amount of wood that needs to be cut for cooking.

2: By reducing soot which is  responsible for 5% to 10% of the greenhouse effects of man-made origin.

3: Biochar is 70% carbon. When it is buried in the soil the carbon remains there for over a thousand years.  Biochar is the cheapest form of carbon sequestration  (removing carbon out of the atmosphere).

4:  Biochar is also an excellent soil enhancer. It deacidifies soil, helps retain moisture, reduces flooding and keeps nutrients from leaching. This improvement in the soil results in greater plant growth which in turn removes more carbon from the atmosphere.

Why we do it?

There are about three billion people in the world cook their food on open fires or traditional
cookstoves daily.

This type of cook stoves emit small particles, carbon monoxide, and other noxious fumes that are up to 100 times higher than the recommended limits set by WHO. It also carries an enormous environmental burden; the emissions from the combustion of unsustainable harvested wood fuel alone accounts for roughly 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions (Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves).

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The people who use the open fire cook stove are poor and low income people. According to a research done by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the potential market for a cookstove intervention in Vietnam is about 12.8 million household.

 

The kitchen of people in Highland area of Lao Cai province:

What we are doing?

Despite of the significant economic increasing in Vietnam, according to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, 46,4% of people still rely on solid fuel for cooking, causing 10,600 deaths per year.

However, there is not much interest in the funding of end to end, full scale ICS (Improved Cook Stove) programs by either the Government or NGOs.

We are trying to distribute as much as possible of stove to the ethnic people at remote area of Northern Vietnam.

Who we are?

Novotera is a social enterprise which provides carbon negative, smokeless cook stoves to remote regions across South-East Asia.

We are working in Vietnam to increase the accessibility and number of ICS (improve cook stove) across the country. These stove produce almost no smoke therefore greatly reduces the likelihood of heart and respiratory disease, as well as eye disease. They are much more efficient than a regular fire or stove. The user needs to buy or collect 1/3  less wood and can move the location of the stove whenever they want which is actually one of the main reasons for purchase.