The Swedish Energy Agency is investing SEK 252 million on energy-efficient stoves to be distributed to poor families in Africa, according to an article in Dagens Nyheter. It is an important part of the Swedish international program to buy emission reduction allowances in developing countries.

“I am surprised and skeptical that they have invested such a large sum on this type of stove project,” said Francis X Johnson, Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute to Dagens Nyheter.

Their investigation found a number of concerns related to the likelihood of achieving real emissions reduction from the investments.