The SootSwap project demonstrates how mobile phones can aid in advancing the economic, health and environmental objectives of individuals and communities. SootSwap provides an affordable, reliable, cell phone-based, monitoring device to enable widespread participation in a voluntary carbon market when individuals use clean cookstoves versus traditional biomass burning cookstoves. The Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative pilot project was initiated to support Project Surya, a global multi-organization initiative focused on helping to mitigate climate change by replacing traditional cookstoves with cleaner technologies using an innovative sensing application.
Laboratory and field studies of traditional and clean stoves have shown that the SootSwap application sensor is reliable in determining cooking times. It can use this information to provide an estimate of the carbon credits derived from the usage of the clean cookstove.
It is expected that the potential for earnings from sale of carbon credits will motivate more families to use clean cookstoves, and ultimately may help lead to the broad adoption of cleaner technologies.
Plans call for scaling the project to 100,000 stoves by the end of 2015, which would positively affect 500,000 people and produce direct annual savings of up to 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.