This project delivers reliable, low-cost water treatment technologies to public and private schools in developing countries and finances its operation through carbon emission reductions resulting from the displacement of boiling water.

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Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda: Global Safe Water Programme

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Key Facts

Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda
Project type:
Thermal Energy Displacement
Project standard:
Gold Standard
Project start date:
September 2014

Total emission reductions:
600,000t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Good health and well-being: Safe water is a vital input to both health and well-being.

Quality education: An effective learning environment cannot be achieved when it is not safe; safe water must be present to help ensure students can attend school regularly, remain healthy and fulfil their human right to education.

Gender equality: The project helps create improved gender ratios when safe water is combined with improved sanitation services as menstruation management becomes easier for girls.

Clean water and sanitation: It is estimated that over 40% of diarrhea is attributable to the school environment; students need to hydrate at school and schools lack the means to effectively treat their water to make sure it is safe.

Decent work and economic growth: The project contributes to socio-economic advancements which result from reduced absenteeism at school and enables financial savings as boiling and buying bottled water is expensive. According to the WHO, investing in water and sanitation provides US$ 4.3 return for every dollar invested, due to reduced health care costs for individuals and society, and greater productivity and involvement in the workplace through better access to facilities.

Reduced inequalities: By delivering on the human right to safe drinking water, inequalities at local, national, and global levels are reduced.

Climate action: The project contributes to reduced biomass consumption and a corresponding decrease in indoor air pollution as the water systems often replace boiling resulting in large CO2, methane, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter emission reductions.