Beer, wood, and welfare - The impact of improved stove use among dolo-beer breweries

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© 2015 Grimm, Peters.Local beer breweries in Burkina Faso absorb a considerable amount of urban woodfuel demand. We assess the woodfuel savings caused by the adoption of improved brewing stoves by these micro-breweries and estimate the implied welfare effects through the woodfuel market on private households as well as the environmental effect. We find substantial wood savings among the breweries, 36% to 38% if they fully switch to an improved stove. In absolute amounts, they save about 0.176 kg of fuelwood per litre of dolo brewed. These savings imply huge reductions in CO<inf>2</inf>-emissions and reduce the overall demand for woodfuel, which is predominantly used by the poorer strata for cooking purposes. We provide estimates for the price decrease that might result from this and show that the urban poor are likely to benefit. Thus, the intervention under study is an example for a green growth intervention with pro-poor welfare gains - something green growth strategies should look for. Copyright:

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Grimm, M., & Peters, J. (2015). Beer, wood, and welfare - The impact of improved stove use among dolo-beer breweries. PLoS ONE, 10(8). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0132603

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