Lower emission cooking technologies and fuels are available, and this research seeks to further elucidate the relationship between emissions and exposure for the highest performing stove and fuel types, and how that relationship is impacted by the adoption, user behaviors, kitchen size and ventilation, and other relevant factors. Specifically, the research seeks to better define the relationship between cookstove emissions of and personal exposure to PM2.5 for the lowest emission solid biomass stoves and fuels currently available on the market, as well as for LPG stoves.
These efforts will help better estimate the health benefits of scaling up cleaner, low PM2.5 emission cooking. The data and models provided will be used to support policy decisions, strengthen standards, and may provide model-based methods to estimate changes in risk due to reduced emissions, decreasing the need for costly personal exposure monitoring. Specifically, the data from this study will strengthen the model that the World Health Organization uses to make their indoor air quality guidelines and recommendations.