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Energy Globe World Awards 2018

Winner in the category Air



Project:
Central Highland Program: Energy Saving Solutions in Rural Afghanistan
Submitted by:
GERES (Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity )
Country:
Afghanistan


The project focuses on design, production and implementation of energy saving solutions in rural highland regions of Afganistan. The project enables households to use energy more efficiently during the extremely cold winters with little negative impact on the environment and reduce indoor smoke.

Initial situation
Afghanistan experiences cold and snowy winters with extreme temperature variations between night and day, reaching-20°C in winter. In the central highlands of Afghanistan, the population is largely rural. People mostly use firewood forcooking, heating, and construction. This, in turn, leads to the decrease in soil fertility as well as massive erosion. Furthermore, lack of insulation and indoor smoke significantly impact people’s health.

Solution
New energy saving solutions were designed, produced and disseminated in the rural households. The product range all made from locally available materials like wood, metal, plastic, PVC and glass included veranda frames, roof thermal insulation, solar cookers, and many others. Products were sold at an affordable price and built in by local craftsmen. The project has improved the lives and health of poor families, reduced the burden that wood cutting has on the environment, and created an additional source of income for craftsmen and retailers.

Innovation
This project pioneered passive solar technology in Afghanistan. Products were widely adopted by households across all ethnicities and income groups because of their affordability, effectiveness and actual fuel saving potential. Furthermore, its marked-based approach created benefits for local retailers and craftsmen.

Category Air

Air
Winner
  • Project: Central Highland Program: Energy Saving Solutions in Rural Afghanistan
    Applicant: GERES (Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity )
    Country: Afghanistan
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Finalists
  • Project: Village Base Customer Acquisition Program
    Applicant: Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited
    Country: Bangladesh
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  • Project: Reducing Methane Emissions from Rice Farming
    Applicant: ClimateRe GmbH
    Country: Nepal
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