Energy for Mam Rashan

Energy for Mam Rashan

Our photovoltaic project in the refugee camp in northern Iraq is about to start.

With the project “energy for Mam Rashan” atmosfair wants to address the lacking energy supply for the refugee camp with renewable energy and subsequently wants to contribute to the improvement of the standard of life. In cooperation with the Stiftung für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (SEZ) and the federal state Baden-Württemberg a 300 kWp photovoltaic system with an included battery storage device is about to be installed. On the basis of donations the system is supposed to be expanded with the goal of a total energy coverage.

The critical political situation caused by the state of war with the terrorist army Islamic state (IS) and further intern conflicts caused a wave of refugees. The permanent oppression and the fear of terror forces families to leave their home and belonging behind, looking for refuge in camps. Currently 2.3 million refugees are living in the Kurdish autonomous region – 230.000 are form Syria, the rest are internally displaced people coming from different Iraqi regions. The refugee camp Mam Rashan in the Dohuk District in northern Iraq is home to 10.000 refugees at the moment. Different facilities and the provision with basic supplies are supposed to guarantee a stable life in transit.

Unfortunately there is a lack of energy supply at day time to appropriate temperate the living containers. At the moment the camp is only provided with energy at night through the public grid. atmosfair wants to improve the energy supply with a renewable energy source and thereby contribute to a better liveability. Together with the SEZ and the federate state Baden-Württemberg the photovoltaic system should be installed and be developed throughout donations.

Through the photovoltaic system the camp provided by 20% with a total energy supply by day time. The installation is equipped with a battery storage device, to prevent ups and downs caused by solar irradiance. Trained energy-scouts should teach the inhabitants an efficient use of the provided energy source. The planning, installation and maintenance will furthermore lead to new job opportunities for refugees inside the camp. The commission for main suppliers has started during the first project phase and a few companies assured materials and services, More here.

In spring 2018 the installation is supposed to start and should be continuously expanded, to provide a 100% sustainable supply on the long run. In this context the inhabitants of the Mam Rashan camp, atmosfair and the environment are delighted about any kind of donation. Owing to our project partner SEZ, suppliers and large donator of materials and services and private donators the project is to be realized. Thank you very much in advance and please continue supporting climate protection and people in need. 

Airline Index 2017

Berlin, 11.11.2017: Airlines are only modernizing their fleets at a slow pace. Even the best airline fleets emit on average 20% more carbon dioxide per kilometer than the most fuel-efficient planes, for example, the Airbus A350-900 or Boeing 787-9, operating at full capacity. In contrast, airline fleets with only a medium level of carbon efficiency in technology and operation even release twice as many carbon emissions per kilometer than the most fuel-efficient aircraft. Only one in a hundred planes belongs to this class of highly efficient aircraft. These are findings of the new atmosfair Airline Index (AAI) 2017, presented today in Bonn at the UN climate conference COP 23.


Global carbon emissions of airlines increased by a good 4%, while the kilometers flown have increased by almost 7%. There is no sign yet again this year of the necessary decoupling of growth in air traffic and carbon emissions. "Our findings show that aviation worldwide is not on track to meet the 1.5 degree or the 2 degree target for global warming", says Dietrich Brockhagen, CEO of atmosfair. "While some airlines have significantly improved their carbon efficiency by purchasing new aircraft, the pace of modernization is not fast enough from a global standpoint.”

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Climate Education with atmosfair

Climate Education with atmosfair

Two new teaching models with Deutschen Umwelt-Aktion e.V. are about to start

We at atmosfair think that it is very important to throw light on the urgency of climate protection and teach the scale of climate change in an informative way and good understandable for children. Therefore, we decided to expand our educational projects, which are implemented to promote different initiatives throughout Germany.

Together with Deutschen Umwelt-Aktion e.V. we found a reliable partner with whom we designed two different class emphases. Fourth grade pupils will have the possibility to learn about “Nutrition and Climate” and “My Co2 – Footprint” as well as climate change and its cause. In the first six months of application the primary schools in Hamburg are invited to choose one of the two topics and introduce it to the fourth grade of their school.

A combination of interesting and innovative illustrations together with an experienced pedagogue is introducing the pupils to two different worlds:

In the topic “Nutrition and Climate” the focus lays on the supply chain of food production starting from manufacturing through processing all the way to the supermarket and the resulting CO2 -footprint. We will concentrate on the production of animal products and the problem with international traded food articles. Additionally, it is important to clarify that a healthy amount of meat, dairy products and eggs has not just health advantages but also plays a key role in the CO2-balance. Furthermore, we will go into details and find out about the origin from different goods and discuss those. With the help of a “Climate scale” we will pack our own “climate-friendly and climate-respectful” shopping basket.

The CO2 - footprint is a more abstract concept. The topic “My CO2 – footprint” comes along with interactive games and activities which will help to encourage curiosity and interest of the pupils for the class.  How big is my own CO2 – footprint and how big is this footprint from different people around the globe? How big is the footprint by taking a plane and how big should it be in average? The fourth grader and the pedagogue will drill down on those questions and search for solutions.

An especially relevant point will be transmitted: Our planet is finite! That is why we can’t live on the expenses of our planet and on those of future generations. It is absolute necessary that each of use is aware of his/her own climate budget. There are different options in our daily life that we can use or change to minimize our CO2 – footprint. This educational project is helping children to get an early understanding about the vulnerability of our planet and to realize the responsibility from each one of us and the impact of humankind on our environment. 

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