Each day, 3 billion people cook their meals with dirty fuels on unsafe stoves. 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water.
For billions of people in developing countries, exposure to smoke while cooking and the use of unsafe water are deadly. These problems cause five million deaths every year. Three million of these deaths occur among children under age five.
Families who buy fuel often spend 15% of their income purchasing wood or charcoal. Where local fuel collection is possible, families spend up to 6 hours each day collecting wood, with the burden falling largely on women and children. This is time which could be otherwise spent on productive activities, such as income generation or education.
Each year, families in the developing world use up to 6 tons of wood to cook and boil water on inefficient stoves, fueling global carbon emissions and local deforestation. Low carbon solutions are pivotal to protecting poor populations who will be the worst affected by climate change.
For the 40 million people worldwide displaced by conflict, fuel collection can be a perilous activity, forcing women and girls to venture into unprotected areas where they are at risk of violence.
Since 2006, Impact Carbon has built programs that have supported the distribution of over 370,000 improved stoves and 3,000 water treatment devices, benefiting more than 3.3 million people to date.
Women and Children
Improved cookstoves and safe water technologies radically change the day-to-day lifestyle of women and children by reducing the demands of fuel collection and/or fuel costs, lowering exposure to harmful indoor air pollution, and drastically reducing or eliminating the risk of waterborne illnesses.
Impact Carbon provides capital and capacity building to local entrepreneurs, helping them improve organizational management, marketing, product design, distribution and manufacturing to stimulate local markets and improve livelihoods.
By helping to provide fuel-efficient cookstoves and water technologies for internally displaced persons (IDPs), we are reducing their firewood excursions by 50% and saving them more than $300 per year in fuel costs, in addition to ensuring that families have access to clean water.
Impact Carbon is improving access to fuel-efficient cookstoves that halve household fuel consumption and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by as much as 5.7 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Our zero-carbon safe water solutions can eliminate the need for water boiling, reducing approximately 2 tons of carbon dioxide annually per household. In total, our projects have cut over 1.4 million tons of carbon dioxide to date, which is equivalent to taking 250,000 cars off the road for a year.