Clean cooking and safe drinking water


Our work mobilised two discrete projects, benefiting 1.2 million rural households across Vietnam. One project distributed 850,000 improved cookstoves, while the other distributed 364,000 safe drinking water purifiers – all manufactured locally. They reduced household fuelwood consumption by replacing rudimentary cooking equipment with high-efficiency improved cookstoves, and by removing the need for households to boil water to make it safe for drinking.


improved cookstoves distributed


safe drinking water purifiers distributed

The reduction in wood burned and use of the improved cookstove led to a major reduction in indoor air pollution as advocated by the Clean Cooking Alliance – including harmful airborne particulate matter associated with serious respiratory illnesses – and freeing-up significant time (that would otherwise be spent collecting fuel wood and cooking) for more enriching and empowering activities, such as employment or education.

HCBL led the structuring of the deal, bringing together SIPCO as project developer, Base Carbon as investor and Citigroup as buyer.

Together with the Women’s Union of Vietnam, SIPCO successfully completed the distribution of devices in 2022. The project has started generating carbon credits, successfully issuing over 1 million Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) in 2023.

"We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it."
– Barack Obama