Kenya Clean Water Project generates carbon creditsDecember 21, 2012
Kenya Clean Water Project begins offsetting carbon emissions
Clean water is a very important issue for much of the developing world. Many communities in developing countries lack access to water that is clean enough to drink. These communities must often settle for water that contains diseases and harmful organisms. The Kenya Clean Water Project is helping solve this problem and is even reducing carbon emissions in Africa by generating carbon credits. These credits can be purchased and used by companies to avoid some of the stringent emissions regulations that can be found in more developed countries around the world.
500,000 carbon credits to be generated by various clean water projects in Africa
The Kenya Clean Water Project is expected to generate more than 500,000 carbon credits, many of which come from the other projects that are associated with the clean water initiative. These carbon credits are generated by these projects reducing the need for wood, which is widely used by small communities to boil water in order to make it safe to drink. These communities rarely use sustainable practices when harvesting wood, leading to widespread deforestation in many parts of Africa.
Hydraid filters deployed through projects
To solve this problem, The Kenya Clean Water Project has begun deploying high-tech, yet easy to use water filters. These filters are capable of separating the harmful elements that can be found in some water sources and provide people with water that is safe to imbibe. The water filter is developed by Hydraid, a company that specializes in purifying water. The Hydraid filters are widely used among non-profit organizations as a way to provide communities with tools to make their water safe.
Carbon credits could help boost African economies
The carbon credits generated by the Kenya Clean Water Project could have significant economic implications. These credits can be sold for a large sum of money to companies that produce high levels of CO2. These credits are valuable to these companies because they allow them to sidestep emissions regulations, which are coupled with intense fines. Carbon credits help these companies avoid facing such fines, enabling a way to continue generating carbon emissions.