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:

Find out more about the project on our project website:

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

Pilot project for the reconstruction of biogas plants in Nepal completed

atmosfair contributes to the reconstruction in Nepal which is unfortunately still progressing very slowly. Hundreds of thousands of houses have been destroyed and almost 9,000 people were killed during the earthquakes in April and May 2015. Moreover, many biogas plants have been damaged which were built thanks to atmosfair´s climate protection fees. Until today, atmosfair got 310 plants repaired in Bhimtar, Sindupalchok, allowing for the households to return to normality.

Even before the earthquake, the village of Bhimtar, encompassing 900 households and located 30km east of Kathmandu, had already been one of the poorest communities in the Sindupalchok district. Sindupalchok was hit particularly hard during the earthquakes: In Bhimtar, all homes were partly or completely destroyed, including more than 300 biogas plants of the commune. Most inhabitants are so poor that they are still living in temporary shelters out of bamboo and straw and they cannot afford a repair of their biogas plants.

This is especially unfortunate as biogas plants are very popular in rural Nepal: Thanks to them, households are able to cook smoke-free and cost-effective. Moreover, biogas plants are true climate protectors: Each one is saving three tons CO2 per year compared to the traditional three-stone-fire. Local communities had to fall back on those, since the earthquakes had damaged the biogas plants. The carbon black harms people´s respiratory tracts. In addition, households must spend more time and money to get firewood for cooking.

Our project partner BSP-N (Biogas Sector Partnership Nepal) is coordinating the reconstruction process. BSP-N is one of the most experienced actors in the Nepalese biogas sector. Its manager Bala Ram Shretsha is standing up whole-heartedly for the wider distribution of the technology in his country. This is why repairs have been going on fast and efficiently. Mostly small parts had many defects such as valves, gas taps, manometers or hosepipes and thus had to be replaced. Other parts like inlets or gas cookers could be fixed in most cases.

atmosfair´s consultant Bhai Maharja found the villagers very happy at his evaluation visit. “The repair of the biogas plants means a step forward towards everyday life for many people”, according to Maharjan. Biogas user Bharar Danuwar and her family are finally able to cook on this innovative technology again. “We are so happy and grateful that our biogas plant is working again: Now we can cook three meals a day and we don´t have to worry where to get the firewood from. After the earthquakes we had to burn the wood of our broken homes. However, this is already used up by now.”

But our pilot project did not only make  a difference in Bhimtar: After the successful  restorations, the German “Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau” (KfW, a German credit institute for reconstruction) and the Nepalese Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (APEC) decided to expand the programme on other districts, too. We are very pleased to continue the cooperation as the major part of the earthquake damages is not yet reconstructed.

We were able to finance the repair measures, which are now completed, thanks to generous donations of our patron and climate scientist Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif. Having received the “Deutscher Umweltpreis” (a national German environmental award) in 2015, Mr. Latif donated the whole prize money to our projects. The fixing of the biogas plants is part of our initiative “New energy for Nepal” which was started by atmosfair and the German association of sustainable tour operators “forum anders reisen” after the earthquakes in 2015.

Read more about our engagement in Nepal and help us:

Biogas project: With your donation for climate protection you are supporting the construction of new biogas plants in Nepal. Please find more information on the project and possibilities to donate here:

Biogas repair: We would like to repair additional 56 biogas plants in the Helambu region. Find out more about the project and visit us on betterplace:

New energy for Nepal: If you would like to support further reconstructions of biogas plants in Nepal or the development of the first climate friendly Trek in Nepal, please visit our project website

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