Greener and cleaner: carbon offsetting for people and planet
Bondhu Chula cookstoves in Bangladesh
90% of the 160 million Bangladeshis cook on “three-stone” open fires in their homes, which wastes energy and produces smoke that causes more than 45,000 premature deaths a year.
The Bondhu Chula, or the ‘friendly stove’, is designed to ensure a more efficient burn reducing fuel use and the chimney takes the harmful pollutants out of the house. The project employs local entrepreneurs to produce and distribute the stoves. Fuel consumption can be reduced by approximately 50%, leaving families with more disposable income and better health.
Generating clean energy from organic food waste in India
An estimated 240million people in India are without electricity. Those who are connected suffer from poor output and regular power shortages. This causes residents to turn to natural resources for fuel, which can be harmful to health but also the local environment.
The project will distribute over 15,000 biodigestors across India to replace fuelwood grid electricity and other fossil fuels. These units can be used to produce cooking gas, heat or even electricity on the larger scale units. Poor households benefit from saving on fuel costs and cleaner air. The slurry generated by the units can also be used as an organic fertilizer, reducing the use of chemical fertilizer.
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