Milliam Murigi @MillyMur
Kenya-based Burn Manufacturing, makers of the Jikokoa and KuniokoaTM cookstoves, has been awarded this year’s Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers Award.
The annual award from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recognises “game-changing companies” in the field of clean energy technology and innovation. Burn’s Chief Operating Officer Boston Nyer accepted the honour last week during BNEF’s Future of Energy Summit in New York City.
Burn was one of ten winners who were selected from among 160 applicants from 47 countries and the only African-based recipient of this year’s award. “We are honoured to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation as being among the world’s leaders in clean energy solutions,” says Burn Chief Executive Officer Peter Scott.
“Having sold more than 400,000 modern, super fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves since 2013, we are not only transforming lives, but also proving to the world that cookstoves can have a transformative impact.
Our fuel-efficient jikos not only save users Sh10,033 and 50,159 ($100 – $500) annually in energy expenses, but also help save the lives of people in sub-Saharan Africa who might otherwise have died from harmful smoke due to cooking on traditional stoves,” he adds.
According to the World Health Organisation, 4.3 million people each year die from exposure to household air pollution.