Envirofit is the world’s leading clean cookstove business, producing high performing biomass cookstoves that are efficient, durable, desirable, and affordable for households and institutions in developing nations. Envirofit was founded in 2003 to develop well-engineered technology solutions to solve global energy and health challenges. With more than half the world’s population cooking over an open fire, causing more than 4 million deaths annually, Envirofit has created a line of clean energy cookstoves that offer economic, health and environmental benefits. Using a market-based approach, Envirofit has pioneered the clean cookstove market, impacting more than 3.5 million livelihoods across 45 countries. Designed for maximum performance and durability, Envirofit's products are ideal for emergency situations.
Envirofit’s engineering department works with a combination of university researchers, national laboratories, and industry experts to develop the highest performing, most reliable products in the market. In particular, Envirofit works closely in sponsorship with Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory to develop stove technologies, standards, and test protocols that will drive the development of clean cookstoves and improvement in health and safety of households throughout the world.
Becoming the market leader in the design, development and delivery of clean cookstoves, Envirofit used a market-based model to develop and commercialize high performing biomass cookstoves that are efficient, durable, affordable, and appeal to consumers. In addition to the aesthetic qualities, Envirofit’s stoves are designed to offer economic, health and environmental benefits, reducing smoke and toxic emissions by up to 80 percent and reducing fuel use, fuel cost, and cooking time by up to 60 percent. Our stoves reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 60 percent and black carbon by up to 40 percent. Envirofit's cookstoves are robustly engineered and culturally customized to meet the environmental needs of our planet and the desires of families around the world. Envirofit is committed to designing cookstove that help families breathe healthier air while saving time and money on cooking and fuel costs.
• 80% reduction in smoke & toxic emissions
• 60% reduction in CO2
• 40% reduction of Black Carbon
• 50% reduced cooking time
• 60% reduced fuel requirement
• 40% improvement in cooking efficiency
Envirofit's family of solar lighting products provide a reusable, rechargeable light source to brighten the whole house. At the center of indoor living, our lights create a safe, comfortable environment for either the workspace or the home at an affordable price. After years of quality testing, our products are built to last in any setting, from the urban apartment to the country homestead and are perfect for power outages and emergency situations.
According to the WHO, cooking over an open fire inside the home is the equivalent smoke exposure to inhaling 2 packs of cigarettes a day. With half the world’s population cooking over a 3-stone fire inside their home, the indoor air pollution from inefficient stoves leads to 4 million deaths a year- more than HIV, Malaria, and TB combined. Women and children primarily carry this burden. They can spend up to 1/3 of their family’s income and up to 4 hours a day cooking, serving, cleaning the kitchen, and collecting firewood, venturing far from home where they risk assault and rape. Smoke from unimproved cooking sources also takes a global toll on the environment, producing 1 billion tons of CO2 every year, as much as all of the cars in the US. It is widely acknowledged that replacing the traditional open fire with improved clean cookstoves can provide a solution to address the scale of this global burden. With over 700,000 clean technology cookstoves sold, Envirofit’s social enterprise-based model represents a new, more sustainable approach to tackling the global problem of household air pollution:
Envirofit was created to unite top-tier clean energy research with consumer driven product design to bring sustainable and scalable market-based solutions to emerging markets. Envirofit was formed in 2003 as a spin-off company out of Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory to develop well-engineered technology solutions to solve global energy and health challenges. Envirofit began by producing and selling direct injection retrofit kits for two-stroke motorcycle engines in the Philippines, a project that won the Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2008.
In 2007 Envirofit turned its attention to clean cookstoves, partnering with The Shell Foundation’s Breathing Space Program to prove the market for the development of a scalable clean cookstove solution. This partnership aims to achieve significant, verifiable, long-term reductions in global indoor air pollution by combining an economically-sustainable enterprise approach with market-driven research, product development and expertise working in emerging markets. Developing their first commercial clean cookstove model, Envirofit began its pilot program in India in 2008. After an exponential increase in sales in the first two years, Envirofit began to scale the model in 2010. To meet the demands of consumers in different markets, Envirofit combined the global knowledge of cooking cultures from field-based research with innovative clean cooking technologies to design new products using advanced computational tools and rigorous performance testing. In 2009 Envirofit won Time Magazine’s Hero’s of the Environment Award followed by the Economist’s Energy and the Environment Innovators of the Year in 2013.
Today, The social enterprise has grown in 7 years from a small pilot in India with one stove model to an industry leading company with multiple models and soon approaching 1 million cookstoves sold in more than 45 countries. Envirofit has established manufacturing operations in China, Eastern Africa, and soon in Western Africa and Latin America, with extensive distribution networks in place. Successfully proving the concept for a mass-produced consumer-centered clean cookstove design, Envirofit helped to incubate a clean cookstoves sector that now hosts many producers and distributors.