ISO The ISO Technical Committee 285 working group on harmonized laboratory test protocols developed a standard that specifies lab testing protocols to measure and evaluate cookstove emissions, efficiency, safety, and durability. This working group also developed a supplementary technical report providing voluntary performance targets for cookstoves. These performance targets can be used as guidance and to benchmark potential performance of cookstoves..
Standards provide rigorous definitions and goals for stove and fuel performance, including for efficiency, emissions, safety, and durability. Standards and associated performance targets provide a foundation for national policies, support donor and investment decisions, and drive manufacturers to improve their technologies.
The best available international guidelines for stoves and fuels are being developed through an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) consensus process. ISO Technical Committee 285 is the key body that is developing and approving standards in the field of cookstoves and clean cooking solutions. This committee comprises experts from 44 countries around the world and eight international organizations. This page has information on how to get involved, as well as how to participate as a Technical Committee 285 expert.
To date, Technical Committee 285 has published four deliverables: a standard on laboratory testing covering performance, safety, and durability (ISO 19867-1), a technical report on voluntary performance targets for cookstoves (ISO/TR 19867-3), a standard on field-testing methods (ISO 19869), and a technical report on vocabulary for the clean cooking sector (ISO/TR 21276). Additional standards and related reports are under development. Standards affect all types of organizations in the clean cooking sector. Participating in standards development allows organizations and countries to share their experiences and priorities, which makes standards more valuable and relevant. CCA encourages organizations to join the standards development process to improve standards so they are more rigorous, consistent, and clear.
In February 2012, more than 90 stakeholders from 23 countries met for an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) meeting that resulted in unanimous support among meeting participants for an International Workshop Agreement (IWA 11:2012 Guidelines for Evaluating Cookstove Performance). These interim guidelines for efficiency, total emissions, indoor emissions, and safety are a significant step forward in developing international standards. The technical content is available here.
ISO TC 285 developed a standard and a technical report on harmonized laboratory test protocols; these replace the IWA.
The Global Alliance recommends that partners use this standardized reporting form and policy, to help non-technical audiences interpret and compare test results. This form was developed with input from Alliance partners.
Condiciones técnicas mínimas de instalación, funcionamiento y de rendimiento (Minimum technical conditions of installation, operation and performance)
Energy efficiency stoves – Household biomass stoves – Performance requirements and test methods
Indonesia National Standard Method (SNI) 7926-2013, Biomass Stove Performance