The average Central American household uses about 12 kgs of wood per day, primarily for cooking purposes using inefficient cooking methods. This demand on natural resources has contributed to severe deforestation in the region. El Salvador, for example, has lost over 85% of its original forest and the WHO estimates that over 13,000 deaths a year are attributable to indoor air pollution from the burning of biomass in El Salvadorean homes.
UpEnergy has registered a CDM Programme of Activities which will serve as an open-access platform, enabling distributed energy technology manufacturers and project developers to benefit from carbon crediting in the region. UpEnergy will serve as the Coordinating and Managing Entity for the program which includes El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Mexico. UpEnergy welcomes inquiries from stove suppliers, manufacturers and distributors to take part in this program.