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Energy Globe World Awards 2018
Winner in the category Air
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.
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.
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.
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.
Project: Central Highland Program: Energy Saving Solutions in Rural Afghanistan
Applicant: GERES (Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity )