Partnership  for  Clean   Indoor  Air
The Challenge
Some three billion people worldwide burn traditional
biomass (e.g., wood, dung, crop residues) and coal indoors
for home cooking and heating. The number of people using
these fuels is  expected to rise substantially by 2020.
According to the World Health Organization, this
widespread use results in the premature deaths of an
estimated 1.6 million people each year from breathing
elevated levels of indoor smoke, with women and children
being most significantly affected.

Indoor air pollution from household energy ranks as the
fourth leading health risk in poor developing countries.
Breathing elevated levels of indoor smoke from home
cooking and  heating practices  more than doubles a child's
risk of serious respiratory infection and may also be
associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes (e.g., stillbirth
and low-weight babies).

In response to this challenge, founding governments and
organizations launched the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air
at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in
Johannesburg in September 2002.

The Partnership's Mission
More than 120 public and private organizations have joined
the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air and are contributing
their resources and expertise to improve health, livelihood,
                            and quality of life by
                            reducing exposure to indoor
                            air pollution, primarily
                            among women and children,
                            from household energy use.

                            The Partnership is focusing
                            on four priority areas:
                            > Social/Behavioral Barriers
                            > Local Market Development
                            * Technology Design
                            > Health Effects
Our Approach
Pilot Projects  Partners are funding projects in Asia,
Africa, and Latin America to identify and demonstrate
effective approaches for increasing the use of clean, reliable,
affordable, efficient, and safe home cooking and heating
practices that reduce people's exposure to indoor air

Design and Performance Guidelines - In
collaboration with Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian
Opportunities of Service, the Partnership is developing
guidance for the design and performance of improved home
cooking and heating technology. The guidance will assist a
wide range of organizations which are developing and
promoting improved fuels and stoves throughout the world.

Health and Exposure Assessment - In March 2004,
the Partnership held a workshop with more than 30 leading
health and indoor air pollution experts to refine protocols for
health and exposure assessments. When completed in 2005,
organizations around the world will have access to a
catalogue of methods to document the impact of

Capacity Building - The Partnership is  providing in-
depth technical training in community outreach and
education, stove development and performance, market
development, and exposure monitoring. The Partnership is
also supporting the direct exchange within  regions of
experiences among users/cooks, researchers, entrepreneurs,
project implementers, and program directors.

Scale Up  The Partnership will evaluate  successful
approaches and models for conducting outreach and
education, developing local businesses and  markets, and
monitoring exposure reductions. The goals are to integrate
these components, and  to scale up projects  that promote
improved cooking and heating practices that are more
efficient, meet users' needs, reduce exposures, and can be
produced locally.

   What You Can Do
   >  Join the Partnership online at
   *  Share information and best practices from
      your work with the Partnership.
   *  Participate  in partnership workshops and
   *  Utilize Partnership protocols and guidance in
      your household energy and health programs.
The Partners

Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy,
Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri
Lanka, United Kingdom, United States

Academia, Non-Governmental Organizations,
Private Industry
All-China Youth Federation, Appropriate Rural Technology
Institute, Aprovecho Research Center, Asia Regional
Cookstove Program, Asociacion Hondurena para el
Desarollo, Barendra Advancement Integrated Committee,
Baylor University, Cascade Medical and Stove Teams, Center
for Entrepreneurship in International Health and
Development, Center for Sustainable Energy Technology,
Centre for Appropriate Technology  CAT Cameroon,
Centre for Household Energy and Environment, Centre for
Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technologies, Centre for
Rural Technology, Centre de Desarrollo con Energia Solar,
China Association of Rural Energy Industry, Climate Care,
Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion
Laboratory, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische
Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Development Alternatives, East-
West Center, Eco Ltd, Ecofogao Industria de Fogoes Ltda,
Energy and Development Action/DR Congo, Energy
Research Centre, Energy Systems, Engineers in Technical and
Humanitarian Opportunities of Service, Environment
Protection for Rural Development Organisation,
EnvironmentNEPAL, Foundation for Communication
Initiatives, Global Environment and Technology Foundation,
Grupo Interdisciplinario de Tecnologia Rural Apropiada
A.C., Health Effects Institute, HELPS International, Indian
Institute ofTechnology Delhi, Indian Women Scientists'
Association, Integrated Development Association, Integrated
Research and Action for Development, Integrated Rural
Development Initiatives,  Interface Foundation, International
 Energy Initiative, Iowa State University- Thermal Systems
 Virtual Engineering Group, Joyline T.M. Tawha, Korean
 Society for Indoor Environment, Larson Consulting, LPG
 Association of Southern Africa, M/S Little Flower Hydro
 Systems, Nedwa, New Dawn Engineering, Peter A. Sam,
 Planete Bois, Practical Action, Practical Action Bangladesh,
 Project Gaia, Prolena, Resource Efficient Agricultural
 Production  Canada, Resources for the Future, Rural
 Energy Development Programme, Shell Foundation, Shri
 Jagdamba Samiti, Solar Cookers International, Solar
 Household Energy, Inc., Solare Briicke e.V., Stewart Craine,
 Stokes Consulting Group for Dometic AB, Sunseed Tanzania
 Trust, SunSmile, Sustainable Energy Africa, Sustainable
 Harvest International, Sustainable Technology Adaptive
 Research and Implementation Center, T R Miles  Technical
 Consultant, Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and
 Environment Organisation, Technology Development and
 Transfer Centre, Tezpur University, The Asian Alliance of
 Appropriate Technology Practitioners, Inc., The Energy and
 Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy China
 Program, Trees, Water & People, University of California,
 Berkley  Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory,
 University of Dayton  ETHOS Program, University of
 Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Leicester 
 University of Gondar, University of Liverpool  Department
 of Public  Health, University of Nairobi, USCAM
 Corporation, Village Education Resource Center, West
 Negros College  Improved Cook Stove Center, Winrock
 International, Winrock International Nepal, Women for
 Sustainable Development, World LP Gas Association

 International  Organizations
 Austrian Development Cooperation, Commission for
 Central American Development, Pan American Health
 Organization, Regional Programme to Promote Household
 and Alternative Energies in the Sahel:  PREDAS, UN
 Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN
 Development Programme, UN Environment Programme,
 World Bank, World Health Organization
 To learn more about the Partnership and how it is
 improving indoor air in homes around the world, visit or contact:
 Brenda Doroski
 Tel:  +1 202-343-9764
                  John Mitchell
                  Tel:  +1 202-343-9031
                  mitchell. j
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (6609J)
 Washington, D.C. 20460
Photo credits:
Page 1: Curt Carnemark/The World Bank and Ray Witlin/The World Bank
Page 2: Curt Carnemark/The World Bank
United States
Environmental Protection
EPA 402-F-06-058
     June 2006