Monthly Archives: July 2014

EQ reduce clients carbon by 39.9%

EQ recently helped a client achieve a fantastic reduction in their company carbon footprint of Absolute Emissions down 39.9% and Per Employee emissions down 38.2% compared to the previous year.  The remainder of the carbon was then offset in a Gold Standard VER project – Sustainable Deployment of the LifeStraw® Family in rural Kenya.

Kenya photo 1

Benefitting the Environment and Improving Health

Project Description

The Lifestraw®Family units treat contaminated drinking water via a special microbiological filter. This reduces the demand for conventional water treatment that is achieved through boiling water with non-renewable biomass. With the assistance of carbon finance, this project becomes economically sustainable and, moreover, provides a significant improvement in public health.

Over a billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water. Water borne disease is a leading cause of illness in the developing world, contributing to the death of on average 2,000,000 children every year.

In rural western Kenya, residents drink from water sources containing microbiological contamination. This leads to diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases, and accounts for, according to the World Health Organisation, the third leading cause of death in Kenya among children and adults. To attempt to guard against this, the prevailing practice in rural Kenya is to boil drinking water with wood. However, many families lack the resources to afford the wood, which is scarce and demonstrably non-renewable.

By combining carbon finance with the deployment of water treatment systems, this project will directly combine sustainable humanitarian development with international carbon markets. This will contribute to a nascent field wherein humanitarian goals are met in an economically sustainable and accountable way, rather than simply through unsustainable charity and aid. Through distributing LifeStraw® Family water treatment systems to over 1 million people, this project has the potential to dramatically reduce incidence of waterborne disease for more than 4 million people and reduce the use of firewood.

How LifeStraw® Works & Reduces CO2 Emissions

The LifeStraw® Family is a point-of-use microbial water treatment system intended for routine use in low-income settings.   The system can filter up to 18,000 Lifestrawlitres of water, enough to supply a family  of 5 with microbiologically clean drinking  water for 3 years, thus removing the need for repeat intervention. The system requires no electricity or additional consumables beyond the unit itself. It complies with the US Environmental Protection Agencys “Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers” providing treated water that is as good or better than boiling for microbiological contamination.

This project will provide access to clean drinking water to over 4 million rural Kenyans. The socioeconomic benefits of access to clean drinking water are well documented and include:

  • Reduced time spent provisioning water
  • Reduced cost for families
  • Reduced child and adult morbidity and mortality
  • Improved attendance at school
  • Increased productivity
  • Generally a sense of hope and opportunity

This project will also directly employ several thousand Kenyans during the deployment and several hundred during annual monitoring, education and maintenance activities.

“I think it is fantastic that our client is involved in a project with such huge socioeconomic benefits and able to help bring a basic necessity to Kenyan families, the project ties in with their own corporate commitment to reduce water usage and highlights the importance of conserving this natural resource” Colorado Goldwyn, Environmental Manager

Lifestraw in use

Contact EQ Consultancy to see how we can help you with your carbon.