BBOXX is unveiling a new initiative today which marks a major stride towards tackling the global clean cooking crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The company said: “BBOXX Cook provides clean cooking services for both urban and rural areas through LPG and biogas solutions.”
The initiative is first being introduced in Rwanda as a pilot market, expanding its reach to urban customers.
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The opening ceremony will be attended by the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure and other distinguished guests.
The vast majority of sub-Saharan Africa live without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, while four million deaths are caused each year due to indoor air pollution from cooking with inefficient, polluting and harmful fuels.
As sub-Saharan Africa’s population continues to grow this is projected to worsen.
CEO and Co-founder, Mansoor Hamayun, said:“The BBOXX Cook initiative in Rwanda is an exciting step for us as a next generation utility. We are showing that our model works: the technology that we have used to provide access to clean, reliable and affordable electricity is being expanded to include clean cooking solutions and we have big ambitions to deliver other utilities and products in new markets.”
Hamayun added: “Three billion people worldwide lack access to clean cooking solutions. We are steadfast in our mission to use technology to transform lives and unlock potential and BBOXX Cook is fundamental to helping to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are looking forward to working with additional partners to scale up and deliver on our mission.”
The company has already received funding for this initiative from the Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP), a multi-donor fund providing grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and businesses.
It will enable wider access to clean cooking through pay-as-you-go technology using mobile money.
It is removing unaffordable upfront costs for customers – a major barrier preventing clean cooking solutions from taking off.
Historically LPG cooking solutions have incurred upfront equipment costs of $80 to $100, while biogas solutions can cost households over $600.
The cooking solution uses BBOXX’s IoT (Internet of Things) expertise to build remotely connected pay-as-you-cook gas meter technology – set to provide clean cooking as a service on a large scale.
The clean cooking solutions operate via BBOXX Pulse, its digital platform that enables the management of customer payments, financial products, technicians and employees, all across remote locations.