Clean Energy and Safe Drinking Water for Darfur

The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust, Impact Carbon, myclimate and Potential Energy launch $3.5 Million Project to Provide Clean Energy and Safe Drinking Water in Darfur.

Through an innovative social investment provided by The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust, Impact Carbon will support fuel efficient cook-stoves disseminated by Potential Energy and water treatment solutions implemented by local partners to more than 140,000 families living in Darfur over a seven year period.

The use of these household technologies will improve health by reducing indoor air pollution and providing safe drinking water to thousands of families.  By reducing fuel consumption during cooking and eliminating the need for households to boil water to make it safe to drink, the project will also reduce pressure on scarce local biomass and significantly reduce carbon emissions.  The Swiss non-profit organization, myclimate, is supporting the project and will buy and market the Gold Standard Emissions Reductions generated from the project to its clients.

The project addresses the pressing problem of fuel scarcity that forces women in Darfur to risk violence by venturing far from displacement camps into unprotected areas to forage for firewood.  When firewood is secured, cooking is often performed in poorly ventilated shelters resulting in exposure to indoor air pollution, a major cause of respiratory illness amongst women and children in developing countries. The project will also contribute to the reduction in water-borne illness through the supply of locally appropriate technologies that produce safe drinking water.

This multi-technology project, led by US non-profit organizations Impact Carbon and Potential Energy, will be developed under new Gold Standard rules which make it easier for people in insecure environments, such as displacement camps, to benefit from access to carbon finance.

About Impact Carbon
Our mission is to increase access to clean energy solutions that improve health, protect the environment and fight poverty globally. We use carbon markets to maximize our impact and scale. Impact Carbon generates carbon-emission reductions from household energy projects that improve living conditions in the less-developed communities we serve. We leverage the financial returns from these projects to benefit local partners and people.

About Potential Energy
Potential Energy, formerly The Darfur Stoves Project, is a nonprofit organization bringing life-improving technologies to people in developing nations. We support local enterprises to manufacture and distribute household technologies such as clean cookstoves.

About The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust
The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust is a UK registered charity (#1138811) which supports the development of innovative and imaginative projects whose impacts directly address social and environmental challenges around the world. The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust has been advised by Orbis Analytics on this project.

About The Soneva Group
The Soneva Group is a world leading sustainable luxury resort operator. It is made up of Soneva Fushi and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. The company also holds a majority stake in Six Senses Laamu and Six Senses Hua Hin properties. Further Soneva resorts are planned in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Greece. Soneva in Aqua, a new yacht experience, will be launched in the Maldives in 2013.

The company is committed to leading the fight against climate change within the tourism sector with Soneva Fushi decarbonising by the end of 2014 and the other resorts to follow.

The Soneva Group came into being following the decision by Sonu Shivdasani, the founder of Six Senses Resorts & Spas, to sell the Six Senses and Evason brands in February 2012.  Mr Shivdasani retains the role of Chairman and major shareholder in the Soneva Group.

About myclimate
The Swiss non-profit foundation myclimate provides voluntary carbon offsetting measures in high quality carbon offset projects. myclimate offers a comprehensive package of services for offsetting in accordance with the principles of “avoid – reduce – offset” and “do the best and offset the rest”.

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