Product Development and Labeling of Stoves and Biomass Fuels


Developing Improved Solutions for Cooking (DISC) is a technical assistance programme, which is implemented by the World Bank with Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) funding under the country action track of SE4All initiative. Among all stakeholders in the Nepali clean cook stove sector, there is a general consensus that “improvement” in clean cook stoves should be in terms of reduced household air pollution, efficient use of fuel, faster cooking time, robustness and reparability, and improved sanitation (healthy kitchen practices). Perception of modernity, affordability, ease of operation, use of local materials and labor, ability to provide multiple utilities, and ability to perform specialized functions are some of the other key attributes associated to clean cook stoves by stakeholders. Activities promoting innovations in cook stove design and product development are essential for meeting the target of universal access.

DISC project activities will complement the ongoing and planned work plan of BESC and assist in scaling up clean cook stove deployment. The project will support clean cook stove and biomass fuel product development and labeling.


Support clean cook stove and biomass fuel product development and labeling in Nepal.


Increase the variety and number of advanced clean cook stoves available in Nepali market with fuel options and promote branding and labeling.


  • Develop clean cook stoves prototypes and clean biomass fuel options collaborating with private sector manufacturers and distributors and prepare action plan to go for mass production
  • Increase the variety and number of advanced clean cook stoves available in Nepali market by facilitating franchising model between potential external manufactures/suppliers and Nepalese enterprises
  • Promote branding and labeling of the clean Cook stoves to create value for the target customers in line with SE4All Levels of access to household cooking solutions, International Organization for Standards – International Working Agreement (ISO‐IWA) Tiers, and ongoing efforts to develop National standards

Project Partners:

National Rural Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) led by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under Ministry of Science and Technology (MoEST), Government of Nepal; Centre for Energy and Environment (CEEN); Energy Environment Research and Development Centre (EERDC).

Development Partners (Funding agencies): The World Bank

Partner Organizations:

  1. Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC);
  2. Centre for Energy and Environment (CEEN);
  3. Energy Environment Research and Development Centre (EERDC)
  4. Regional Testing and Knowledge Centre (RTKC)
  5. Rural Energy Technology Service Centre (RETSC)

Project Duration

Initially August 12, 2015- extended till December 2017

Project -Area

Throughout the Country


All Bio-energy stakeholders in the country; Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM)

Key Achievements

  1. Repositories of private sector companies, NGOs, and research institutions interested in designing, manufacturing, and distributing clean Cook Stoves and standardized biomass fuels in Nepali market – one to one communication with the manufacturers in India and China has been the latest approach in generating interest – 66 international Stoves Manufacturers have been listed – 40 National stoves manufacturers and 28 national processed fuel producers have been listed (obtained through Open call for national newspaper and previous records and direct communication with the companies)
  2. Repository of reliable and competitive suppliers of Cook Stoves, equipment and machinery, materials and parts for manufacturing and distributing clean Cook stove and standardized biomass fuels
  3. Phase second, progress report surveys has been submitted, users need assessment, FGD have been conducted for generating and validating stoves/ fuel attributes
  4. INBIOS app (a mobile platform to share the project outputs) development is under progress
  5. Blog article on “Scaling-up of Improved Cook Stoves in Nepal: Issues and Challenges” has been submitted.
  6. New Action Plan with extension of the project period by three months has been proposed.