Envirofit is the world’s leading clean cookstove business producing high performing biomass cookstoves that are efficient, durable, desirable, and affordable for households and institutions in developing nations. Envirofit was founded in 2003 to use develop well-e[...] Date Posted: 14 Mar 2015
Envirofit International is a social enterprise that was established in 2003 to develop well-engineered technology solutions to improve the human condition on a global scale, with a primary emphasis on applications in the developing world.
Envirofit’s enterprise-based model represents a new approach to development through the design and sale of high quality, affordable, consumer driven products that yield health, environmental and economic benefits. We believe in using a market-based solution to develop local communities and create a large-scale sustainable impact
We envision a world in which everyone can enjoy durable, affordable, aspirational, well-engineered technology products that offer economic payback incentives, while improving health and the environment.
Envirofit was created to unite top-tier clean energy research with consumer driven product design to bring sustainable and scalable market-based solutions to emerging markets. Envirofit was formed in 2003 as a spinoff company out of Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory to develop well-engineered technology solutions to solve global energy and health challenges. Envirofit began by producing and selling direct injection retrofit kits for two-stroke motorcycle engines in the Philippines - a project that won the Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2008.
In 2007, Envirofit turned its attention to clean cookstoves, partnering with Shell Foundation’s Breathing Space Program to prove the market for the development of a scalable clean cookstove solution. This partnership aims to achieve significant, verifiable, long-term reductions in global indoor air pollution by combining an economically-sustainable enterprise approach with market-driven research, product development, and expertise working in emerging markets. Developing their first commercial clean cookstove model, Envirofit began its pilot program in India in 2008. After an exponential increase in sales in the first two years Envirofit began to scale the model in 2010. To meet the demands of consumers in different markets, Envirofit combined the global knowledge of cooking cultures from field-based research with innovative clean cooking technologies to design new products using advanced computational tools, rigorous performance testing. In 2009 Envirofit won Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment Award followed by the Economist’s Energy and the Environment Innovators of the Year in 2013.
Today, the social enterprise has grown from a small pilot in India 7 years ago with one stove model, to an industry leading company with multiple models and soon approaching 1M sold in more than 45 countries. Envirofit has established manufacturing operations in China, Eastern Africa, and soon in Western Africa and Latin America, with extensive distribution networks in place. Successfully proving the concept for a mass-produced consumer-centered clean cookstove design Envirofit helped to incubate a clean cookstoves sector that now hosts many producers and distributors.
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