Solar Energy for education and jobs in Tanzania

In 2019, 35 committed Boxon customers compensated for a total of 395 tons of CO2 by ordering 36.760 climate neutral Big Bags from Boxon. A great result, that we aim to even surpass in 2020.
In the context of the carbon offsetting programm, we support a climate protection project in Tanzania, where tons of CO2 are reduced every year by replacing harmful kerosene by affordable solar energy panels. With the contribution of our customers, we help to maintain the project.

High-Tech-Solar-Home-Systems

The climate protection programme implements high-tech solar home systems including a GSM modem that deliver a clean, affordable alternative to fossil fuels for low-income households and small enterprises in Tanzania. The technology reduces carbon emissions effectively, owing to an innovative monitoring approach. 

2.5 billion people worldwide live without a reliable electricity source to fill their daily energy needs. They use inefficient and costly fuel-based lighting sources such as kerosene lamps, which greatly curtail their activities once darkness sets in. Kerosene gives little light, is expensive and can cause burn
injuries as well as respiratory and eye diseases – especially children are at risk.

Mobisol, the programme developer, combines solar energy with innovative mobile technology and microfinance to provide high-tech solar home systems (SHS) to remote households across Africa.

The larger solar home systems can power small businesses enabling entrepreneurial customers to create additional income. It also illuminates schools like Arusha Secondary School. The SHSs include a solar panel, battery, lights, as well as a cell phone charger. The systems are currently available in four different sizes meeting the needs of low income households as well as of small enterprises. The smallest unit can light two rooms and charge four mobile phones per day. The largest system powers multiple lights, consumer appliances such as laptops, televisions or solar powered refrigerators and charges up to ten mobile phones simultaneously.

The larger solar home systems illuminate schools like Arusha Secondary School.

Jobs & education

Thanks to this modern information and communications technology (ICT) solution, this PoA will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the displacement of fossil fuel use, such as in fuel-based lighting systems and/or stand-alone power generators. By substituting kerosene lamps with strong solar powered LED lights and reliable energy, environmental but also social and economic benefits can be achieved. Taking advantage of longer light hours achieved by the electrification of their houses, beneficiaries can greatly increase their productivity through working in the evening.

Impacts and benefits achieved so far

• 9981 t CO2 reduced per year

• More than 200 000 people benefit from better air

• 350 created jobs

• 42600 Solarsystems distributed since project start

• More than 700 people trained on solar installation

• Creation of 24 market hubs and information centres in Tanzania 

Be part of the project

By purchasing climate neutral Big Bags from Boxon you can optimize your supply chain’s carbon footprint significantly and in the meantime, help supporting our climate protection project in Tanzania.
Every customer taking part in the project will get an official certificate from the independant climate protection organsation MyClimate with the amount of compensated CO2 and their company name on it. Just ask us about it, we will be happy to help you!

Added value through CO2 compensation

Boxon works continuously to develop products with a reduced environmental impact.

By climate-compensating your packaging purchases, you as a customer can make a significant contribution, affecting directly the carbon footprint of your company. Today we offer this service for our Bulk Handling products, giving you the opportunity to purchase climate neutral Big Bags. We were actually the first FIBC manufacturer with this highly environmentally friendly service. 

To be able to offer this service, we have calculated the carbon footprint of our Big Bags with the help of the non-profit organization MyClimate. All stages of the value chain were taken into account: Including raw materials, operational waste and transportation. The calculation method of MyClimate is based on internationally recognized standards (ISO 14040/44, ISO 14067, PAS 2050, GHG Product Life Cycle Standard). Based on this product carbon footprint, we can optionally add the climate compensation to all orders within the Big Bag range. In this context, Boxon supports a climate protection project in Tanzania, where the corresponding CO2 emissions are compensated.

We are glad to notice that our customers appreciate our sustainability projects that we have done and keep doing. Together with our customers, we have compensated for more than 340 tons of CO2 since last year.  Some customers use the service for each order.

For example, our customer Georg Plange (a leading flour producer) has already compensated CO2 several times since the project started. You can read more about this on their website (German):  

https://www.plange.de/de/aktuelles-detail/umweltschutz-urkunde-fuer-plange.html

How to reduce CO2 with up to 2 cars emissions/year

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Watch our movie where we compare two different stretch films in 10 my and 20 my and see how you can reduce CO2 emission.