The Ashden Award video.:‘Cindy’s Story’



BURN Manufacturing Co. has revolutionized the cookstove sector by locally manufacturing, in Kenya, a stove that reduces household fuel consumption by 55%, emissions by 64%, and fuel costs by $150-$250/yr.1 The jikokoaTM — or “saving stove” in Swahili —pays for itself in 3-4 months and could save households in sub-Saharan Africa $US5.5 billion/yr.2

BURN, with funding from General Electric and US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, has created a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kenya that employs 100+ people – more than half of whom are women – and produces a stove every minute.

Said Peter Scott CEO at BURN: “In the last 18months Kenyan consumers have spent over US$1.7 million to purchase 60,000 life-saving jikokoaTM cookstoves. So far, we have helped consumers save over $7 million and 272,00 tons of wood.”

Said Boston Nyer, Chief Product Officer at BURN: “BURN is honoured to be recognised by Ashden for our work in transforming the clean cookstoves sector in Kenya. This award will support local R&D for new products and allow us to work towards our goal of making 3 million cookstoves over the next 10 years.”

Said the Ashden judging panel about BURN: “BURN must be commended not for just producing a great charcoal stove that saves women time and money, but also employing women in significant numbers, enabling them to increase their economic independence and improve their position in society.”

Now in their 15th year, the Ashden Awards celebrate pioneering businesses and organisations that are helping tackle climate change and transforming people’s lives.

The Ashden International Awards are the world’s leading green energy awards.  The Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June 2015.

BURN’s corporate and R&D offices are in Vashon,WA and its manufacturing and sales operations are based in Ruiru/Nairobi Kenya.

The keynote speech was made by Kandeh Yumkella, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.


Notes to editors

Photos (available from 6am BST, Friday 12 June), including a photo of BURN Manufacturing and SteamaCo receiving the Awards and of their Award-winning work are available in Dropbox, here:

BURN Manufacturing:


A 1-minute video and detailed case study of BURN and SteamaCo (available from 10pm on 11 June) are here: or

Broadcast-quality footage and clips from the awards ceremony are also available on request.

  1. The Ashden Awards were set up in 2001 to champion trailblazing sustainable energy enterprises and programmes that improve people’s lives and tackle climate change. Since then we have rewarded and supported more than 170 winners across the UK and the rest of the globe. Ashden Award winners have improved the lives of 45 million people worldwide, and are now saving over 8 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
  2. The 2015 Ashden Awards are supported by Citi, the Coutts Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Eurostar, Grosvenor, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Impax Asset Management, UK aid and the Waterloo Foundation.

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