Global standards body seeks clean and safe cooking solutions

The  forthcoming International Standards Organisation (ISO) meeting in Guatemala, Central America will seek to establish standards for cooking stoves to promote cleaner and improved cooking solutions.
A cooking stove developed in Bugesera District. The stove, commonly known as “Gabanyibicanwa,” is fuel efficient, but could be short of WHO safety and environment standards.  Net photo.
A cooking stove developed in Bugesera District. The stove, commonly known as “Gabanyibicanwa,” is fuel efficient, but could be short of WHO safety and environment standards. Net photo.

The  forthcoming International Standards Organisation (ISO) meeting in Guatemala, Central America will seek to establish standards for cooking stoves to promote cleaner and improved cooking solutions. 

“Most cooking stoves do not meet World Health Organisation standards and are a threat to the environment and human health,” Rwanda Bureau of Standards’ Samuel Mporanzi, said. 

“It is from this perspective that ISO wants develop standards to guide the manufacture of improved and clean cooking stoves.”  

Mporanzi was speaking during a regional ISO training workshop on negotiation skills and clean cooking solutions in Kigali yesterday. 

The training was part of the preparations by East African Community (EAC) standards agencies ahead of the ISO global conference later month. 

Speaking at the workshop, Zacharia Lukorito, the ISO co-secretary of the International Technical Committee on clean cooking energy solutions, urged EAC partner states to harmonise their positions and speak as one voice at the global meeting if they are to get desired results.