Rael Lunch Talk: Michael Johnson

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am - 1:15pm

Please join us for a RAEL meeting with Michael Johnson, Wednesday April 4th,  at 12 in the Energy & Resources Group Reading Room:

International Workshop Agreement on

An update and discussion on standards
for stoves

Michael Johnson,
Berkeley Air Monitoring Group



Michael received
his Ph.D. in Environmental Health, Science, and Policy from the University of
California, Irvine and is currently a scientist at Berkeley Air Monitoring
Group (
www.berkeleyair.com).  Michael’s work has focused
on field-based methodologies to quantify greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions
from household energy use. He has conducted stove emissions studies in several developing
countries and worked on numerous air pollution studies, including exposure
assessments of biomass stove users, wildland firefighters, and public transport
commuters.  He has published papers on
stove emissions and performance testing, and several others on indoor air
pollution, exposure assessment, and characterization of monitoring instruments.

Michael is a
member of the Standards and Testing Steering Committee for the Global Alliance
For Clean Cookstoves. His recent projects include a USAID-sponsored project to assess
the impact of the StoveTec rocket stove on greenhouse pollutant emissions
Uganda; managing a series of capacity building workshops and fuel consumptions
studies in India, Nepal, and Peru, funded by the USEPA; and managing fuel
consumption and indoor air pollution studies on three cookstove projects as
part of The World Bank’s Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa.


Lunch Discussion:

Until recently,
there has been no formal, internationally agreed upon standards framework for
household stoves used in developing countries. The ISO International Workshop
Agreement (IWA) affirmed in The Hague this February now provides initial guidelines
for stove performance and safety, and a pathway towards more formal standards
development. For this talk, I will provide a brief background on the IWA and
what is being planned to continue the process of standards development. For
discussion, I would like to center the conversation on three questions:

are standards needed for the sector?

might the performance of stoves against standards be used?

What are
the implication and considerations for the protocols used within the standards

More information
on the IWA can be found at: