Repair of more biogas plants in Helambu


After the emergency aid has been expired, atmosfair is enhancing the second phase of the reconstruction. In the first phase of our engagement, we were distributing efficient cookstoves and solar lighting as most needed resources. But now it´s about repairing the damaged biogas plants: during the earthquakes, many biogas plants have been destroyed.

In a small-scale biogas plant (about 6m³) cow dung is transformed into biogas and sludge by microorganisms. Traditional cooking on wood is not only expensive and damages surrounding forests. Especially women´s and children´s health is harmed in many cases due to heavy emissions of smoke and carbon black. Luckily, they can replace the fuel wood with biogas: two or three cows provide enough dung for cooking biogas for a five-member family.

Moreover, the sludge from fermentation can be used as a soil conditioner on the farmer´s fields. Many of the biogas plants are connected to a latrine, hence improving the hygienic situation in many households.

Thus, the importance of biogas plants for the local people is enormous in many ways. Thanks to a generous donation in 2015, we were able to repair already 316 plants until now. But there is still a great need for repair in Nepal. With your help, we therefore want to repair 56 more plants in the region of Helambu nearby the Climate Trek.

Visit us now at Betterplace and learn more about the project:

www.betterplace.org/en/projects/56183

UPJ network meeting 2017


„CSR in a changing world“ was the headline of this year’s annual meeting organized by the UPJ network.

Over 350 politicians, scientists, corporate and NGO representatives discussed urgent global topics like climate change, migration, diversity and social integration. The event aims to promote social commitment in businesses and foster a more sustainable corporate management.

As a cooperation partner of the UPJ network, atmosfair has offset the travel emissions of all speakers. Furthermore, our stand at the event made it possible for the participants to offset their travel emissions right on site.

For information, visit www.upj.de

Health study from Rwandan refugee camp published


Using our efficient cookstoves improved the health of the users. This is shown in a field study which has been published now.

atmosfair has conducted a health study in the Rwandan refugee camp in Kiziba in cooperation with physicians of the University of Lübeck together with the non-profit organization Buana from Hamburg. In spring 2016, the research was completed. In this study, the lung function of nearly 500 participating women was tested both before and eight months after distribution of the Save80 cookstoves. Thus, the influence of the open fire and of the Save80 on people´s pulmonary health has been investigated. This is the first field study of its kind.

All test persons showed improved lung function values already eight months after the cookstove distribution. The women perceived this improvement as alleviation of their symptoms, too. Test persons, whose brochial tubes had been worst affected by the open fire before did show the most significant improvement in their values. It might therefore be assumed that a long-term reduction of damage of the lung and of the bronchial system will minimize the risk of late effects such as malignant lung tumours as well. 

An executive summary of the study (only German version) is available under the following link:

https://atmosfair.de/documents/10184/0/Ruanda+Studie/d1abfcb2-6a9d-4168-9649-32cb10ea62d7

Find out more about the project on our project website:

https://www.atmosfair.de/en/energieeffizienz/rwanda
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