From the beginning REDI was heavily involved in developing inexpensive, but efficient, cooking and heating devices to be manufactured at the local level. It also prepared documentation on the proper use of stoves and firewood, and denounced the use of charcoal as fuel in developing countries subject to deforestation.
REDI was a non-profit making institution promoting efficient, locally produced devices (cooking, heating, water treatment) for the benefit of the most destitute populations.
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, this group of professionals from industry, technical high schools and the international world, was been involved, since the 1970s, in the development and promotion of inexpensive, but efficient devices, to be manufactured at the local level and using available sources of energy.
REDI offered its experience to help solve critical energy problems in developing regions to all institutions willing to act in this field.