UNICEF and partners launch new ger insulation and heating techniques in Ulaanbaatar
In Bayanzurkh District, 50 households are selected to receive the CHIP (cooking, heating, and insulation products) packages.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – In Bayanzurkh District, 50 households are selected to receive the CHIP (cooking, heating, and insulation products) packages. The CHIP package essentially gives ger dwellers stable, clean heating and warmth throughout the winter months. The selected families will act as champions to promote the CHIP package to other households within their community.
Financed by UNICEF, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Manitoba Council for International Cooperation and the Government of Mongolia and implemented by People In Need INGO and the Mongolian University of Sciences and Technology, the CHIP package was developed by leading international and local scientists and experts that designed an affordable, yet effective, solution to take down chimneys and eliminate the use of coal in people’s Gers.
“The CHIP solutions are a comfortable and affordable alternative to coal-burning stoves. The heating is stable and easy to use, while also helping us to reduce both indoor and outdoor air pollution. I encourage households to explore CHIP as a viable option to heat their Gers this winter,” said Ulambayar, Deputy Governor of Bayanzurkh District in Ulaanbaatar.
The CHIP packages are now available in Bayanzurkh District and across Ulaanbaatar for purchase. Households that are interested can also access finance through the Government of Mongolia’s ‘Green Loan’ programme.
“The CHIP package isn’t only about keeping the ger warm, it’s also about reducing the exposure to air pollution, particularly in households with children and pregnant women. They are at highest risk of damage to their health, including pregnancy outcomes, brain and lung development,” said Sunder, Sustainable Energy Officer at UNICEF Mongolia.
In 2019, UNICEF piloted the CHIPS package in Bayankhongor city in partnership with the local government. Together, they set an ambitious goal to transform Bayankhongor city into the first Smog Free city in Mongolia by 2022. To date, 230 households in Bayakhongor received the CHIP package. So far, the response has been very positive. This year, Umnugobi and Gobi-Altai aimags, as well as communities in Ulaanbaatar, are starting to adopt Bayankhongor’ aimag’s good practice.
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