Clean Cooking Stove

DR. MYLENE G. CAYETANO is a Balik (Returning) – Scientist Fellow of the Department of Science and Technology. She is currently minting her career as an assistant professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. She had her stint as an air quality specialist at Clean Air Asia, where she concentrates on local and international projects such as Dispersion Modelling of particulate matter in Metro Manila, Air Quality programs for smaller cities,
and the Breathe Easy Jakarta Air Quality Interventions program. Her work experience covers programs conducted in partnership with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, the Asian Development Bank, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Institute for Environmental Research, in South Korea, among other partner organizations.

Fire is a source of both energy and pollution. In 2012, household air pollution was responsible for 4.3 million deaths, and 7.7 percent of the global mortality according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality recommends the following:

1. Attain emission rate targets;
2. Policies for the period of transition from current practice to use of clean fuel technology must be in place;
3. Avoid the use of unprocessed coal as household fuel, in light of the specific health risks; and
4. Avoid the use of kerosene as a household fuel, in light of concerns about emissions and safety.

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