[#womensdayeveryday] Improving women’s health also goes along with access to cleaner energy
We are putting our expertise and that of the Fondation SUEZ to improve womens and girls’ health by developing access to cleaner energy. Read our special dossier on the occasion of International Womens’ Day on March 8 2018. #womensdayeveryday
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no.5, which focuses on gender equality and the emancipation of women, and SDG no. 6 concerning universal access to water and sanitation are interdependent and mutually reinforce each other.
In many countries, households depend on solid fuel such as charcoal for domestic tasks. The air pollution caused by these household fuels has serious repercussions on health, especially for women and children. SUEZ is committed to supporting circular solutions that are less harmful, more affordable and more respectful of resources.
Nearly 2.5 billion inhabitants use solid fuel (wood, straw, organic waste) for domestic tasks. For this reason, the air inside houses is highly polluted. (source: International Energy Agency).
The WHO estimates that this energy-generated pollution is the cause of approximately 2.8 million premature deaths around the world due to respiratory illnesses, women and children being the most affected.
Fuels that are respectful of health and the environment (Uganda)
In Uganda, the SUEZ Foundation supports the Briketi project developed by Green Bio Energy. The briquettes obtained from organic recycled waste help to reduce CO2 emissions and hazardous fumes by 86%. They are 40% less expensive than traditional charcoal. For women, who are still often tasked with cooking and heating the home, this initiative allows them to reallocate time spent fetching fuel wood, while lowering their risk of contracting respiratory diseases caused by toxic fumes. They can also pursue gainful employment by becoming Briketi entrepreneurs.
Prix SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Initiatives : Projet Green Bio Energy (2012)