Erik Wurster, CEO of UpEnergy, was recently quoted in a Boston.com article entitled “Clean cookstoves: fighting climate change, saving lives.”
The article discusses the huge demand for clean cookstoves, estimating that 3 billion people worldwide still cook on traditional open fires causing nearly 4 million deaths annually through illness and injury. The article goes on to discuss the many benefits of clean cooking technologies, particularly to young girls and women who are disproportionately impacted by the effects of cooking on traditional three-stone fires.
“Erik Wurster, who calls Boston home, is the CEO of UpEnergy, which finances, builds, and supports distribution channels for clean cookstove projects. “If one’s goal is to improve public health, the environment, and poverty among the world’s poorest people, it’s hard to overlook improved cookstoves as the most cost effective and efficient way to address each of these issues simultaneously,” he said.
“About half of humanity cooks with dangerous, polluting, and expensive technology, yet cleaner burning cookstoves exist and can be exceedingly affordable even to the poorest households if one leverages innovative financial mechanisms,” said Wurster.”