The Enabling Environment: Policies and Guidelines for IAQ and Cookstove Programming in Developing Countries, 2012.
Myles F. Elledge. RTI International (Research Triangle Institute [RTI]), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
This paper examines the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to develop new guidelines on indoor air quality (IAQ) for household energy consumption and reflects on the leading examples of national-level cookstove programs. New IAQ guidelines promise to be an important stimulus for practical policies to enable better household fuels programming. The guidelines provide benchmarking and support the advancement of the recent International Standards Organization (ISO) International Workshop Agreement on cookstoves emissions to the next level.
An overview of the leading examples of national cookstove programs shows a weak linkage to health because few programs have drivers associated with IAQ, and there is a general absence of national IAQ policies. The WHO IAQ guidelines fill a void in recognizing the public health impact of IAQ and cookstoves and compliments the cookstove standards movement to bring new rigor and evidence-based information on fuel use and stove
The guidelines will provide evidence to support developing country governments to integrate the health dimension into stove interventions and strengthen the use of policy to enable IAQ awareness for enhanced cookstove programming.