Bangladeshi cooking stoves to offset M&S carbon

A UNICEF scheme to hand out fuel efficient cooking stoves in Bangladesh will help Marks & Spencer offset its carbon footprint. The retailer is set to start the project early […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A UNICEF scheme to hand out fuel efficient cooking stoves in Bangladesh will help Marks & Spencer offset its carbon footprint.

The retailer is set to start the project early this year by giving money toward 40,000 cook stoves which will be made, sold and repaired by local workers.

The stoves are meant to improve the air quality in homes as they are 50% more fuel efficient than traditional ones (such as those pictured), producing one tonne fewer carbon emissions each year.

The World Health Organisation estimates 49,000 people die each year in Bangladesh due to the smoke generated from traditional indoor cook stoves.

Marc Bolland, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer said: “This project will have a huge impact in a country that is extremely important to M&S. Being carbon neutral is a key part of Plan A and it’s important that, wherever we can, we invest in high quality offsets that support communities within which we operate.”

Development charity UNICEF hopes the project, created with UK carbon cutting firm The CarbonNeutral Company, will qualify for the Gold Standard carbon certification.