Supporting Positive Change Arena Groupâ€™s Contribution
Since the introduction of the Carbon Zero Scheme in 2009, Arena Group has been working alongside Toshiba TEC UK and CO2balance to actively support community based environmental projects throughout Africa that reduce carbon emissions and deliver a range of positive impacts to thousands of families. This positive change is generated through offsetting the carbon footprint of all Toshiba Multifunction Products (MFP) and printing devices from the procurement of materials through to the manufacture and delivery of each device. Carbon emissions are offset through gold standard carbon credits which help to generate communitybased environmental projects, notably the Kenyan Efficient Stove Project and the Ugandan Borehole Rehabilitation Project. This storybook articulates the positive impact generated by Arena Groupâ€™s commitment to the Carbon Zero Scheme.
Adrian Fitzpatrick Managing Director Arena Group
Jeremy Spencer Marketing Director Toshiba TEC UK Ltd.
Paul Chiplen Sales & Marketing Director CO2balance
Ugandan Borehole Rehabilitation Project With over 50,000 defective water supply installations across Africa, the Ugandan Borehole Rehabilitation Project is focused around finding, repairing and maintaining each installation - providing locals with an essential resource, water. The renovated boreholes in remote villages across Uganda provide a safe and clean source of water for villagers. Benefits: • Reductions in the consumption of firewood as the need to boil water is removed • Removal of carbon emissions from burning firewood • Families develop economically and intellectually due to increased time and resources • Improved health across villages from easy access to clean water • Lower instances of disease and major illness alleviate pressure on resources
Kenyan Efficient Stove Project The African Efficient Stove Project supplies energy saving cooking stoves to villages in Kenya. With a hotter and more efficient fuel consumption, the stoves reduce over 50% of wood consumption and smoke emissions, which is responsible for nearly 2 million deaths in Africa alone. Benefits: • Reduced levels of carbon are emitted • Prevention of deforestation has improved local habitats and flood protection • Quicker and efficient cooking methods, which provide more time for education, work and other activities • Stronger social and cultural connections from education and work opportunities, helping to improve quality of life • Decreased smoke emissions have led to a major decline in illnesses related to smoke inhalation
Project Locations The Kenyan Efficient Stove Project is supporting families within the communities of East and West Kajulu, outside Kisumu in the Nyanza Province. All stoves have been GPS tagged, so those directly attributed to customers of Arena Group can be viewed online via the CO2balance website.
External Project Verification The Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project, Brazilian Forestry Project and the Ugandan Borehole Rehabilitation Project are externally accredited through the Gold Standard®. An internationally accepted accreditation, the Gold Standard ®: • Was established in 2003 by the World Wildlife Fund and a collection of international Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) • Assesses and ensures social and community benefits to the region in which each project is operating, in addition to carbon savings • Is supported by over 80 NGOs across the world
Positive Impacts: Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project As a result of offsetting Toshiba MFPs and printing devices, Arena Group has provided over 1,400 stoves to the Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project, saving over. • 4,600 tonnes of CO2 (equivalent to over 500 homes’ consumption of electricity per year) • Over 3,700 tonnes of wood • Saving over 9 hectares of woodland
With less time spent collecting firewood and more time for education, income-generating activities and socialising, the Kenyan Energy Efficient Stove Project provides strong social and community benefits: â€˘ Positively impacted over 4,400 young peopleâ€™s lives â€˘ Benefited over 7,600 people in total
The energy efficient stoves require less fuel for burning, creating a reduction in the need for firewood which saves: • 95,583 working hours every year • 8.4 working days per year per person • 11,950 days for education, incomegenerating activities and socialising per year
As the new energy efficient stoves burn more effectively and utilise less wood, users benefit from over 50% reduction in smoke, generating many health benefits: â€˘ 2,489 fewer cases of smoke-related illnesses have been reported in beneficiary villages â€˘ Includes 1,095 fewer cases of respiratory illness â€˘ Fall in 996 cases of Asthma
Positive Impact – Ugandan Borehole Rehabilitation Project Since 2013, through offsetting the carbon footprint of Toshiba printing solutions, Arena Group has contributed to the rehabilitation of non-functional boreholes in the Kole District, Northern Uganda. Each rehabilitated borehole can provide: • Clean water for approximately 300 families • Positive impact on quality of life for around 1,200 people • 100% reduction in the need for firewood to create safe water
The need to boil water is irradicated as each borehole provides safe, clean water, free of pollutants and parasites. No firewood is required, creating significant carbon savings. Through their contributions, Arena Group has: • Prevented over 1,343 tonnes of CO2 (equivalent to making 107.4 million cups of tea) • Supplied over 1.7 million litres of safe, clean water • Saved 1,526 tonnes of wood per year
With old water sources often containing pollutants, bacteria and parasites, serious illness and health issues were a common occurrence amongst villagers. The rehabilitated boreholes provide fresh water protected from pollutants such as animal waste and is free of harmful bacteria and parasites. With access to clean water, villagers experience many health benefits and reduced levels of serious illness. Through borehole rehabilitation, Arena Group has: â€˘ Positively impacted the health of over 419 children â€˘ Improved the quality of life for 542 adults â€˘ Helped to prevent at least 21 cases of diarrhoea
Smoke: the Killer in the Kitchen With poverty condemning half of the world’s population to cook with solid fuels on inefficient stoves, smoke in the home is the fourth greatest factor for death and disease in the world’s poorest countries. This is linked to over 1.9 million deaths per year, of which nearly 1 million of those are children. The smoke created from burning solid fuels inefficiently is filling homes with smoke where users (mainly women and children) are exposed typically for 3 – 7 hours a day, turning dwellings that are meant to protect into death traps. The death toll from smoke is almost as high as that caused by unsafe drinking water and is currently higher than the death toll caused by malaria. Alongside health issues, the environmental degradation caused by the use of fuels such as wood is equally problematic. When wood is used as a primary fuel, inefficient cooking methods lead to large scale deforestation, soil erosion, desertification and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. With the use of energy efficient stoves, such as those provided by CO2balance, people can lead healthier lives through a reduction in exposure to smoke. The fuel-efficient nature of CO2balance’s improved cook stoves means that as well as carbon savings through a reduction in fuel requirements, users are exposed to over 50% less smoke, saving lives and improving health. With cooking rooted as a deeply cultural task, the energy efficient cook stoves provide communities with a solution that suits their health needs and personal requirements. The impact is great, and so are the opportunities.
Kenyan Energy Efficient Cook Stoves – Mary’s Story The Abaderes clean cook stove project, which started in 2011, now contains approximately 10,000 energy efficient stoves. Mary Njoki, 65, is one of the recipients of the stoves. A single mother of six children who have all moved out, Mary now lives with her two grandchildren. She manages a small farm to generate income and bring food to the table. Where as Mary used to spend 5 hours a day walking over 6 km to collect firewood, she now only has to complete the journey once a week as her new stove burns much less fuel much more efficiently in comparison to traditional 3 stone cooking stoves. Mary is also saving up to 1,500 Kenyan Shillings (KES) as she purchases less wood. “Nowadays I spend much of my time and money concentrating on my farming activities, such as planting carrots, kales, cabbages and pruning pea trees and also spending some of my money to educate my grandchildren.” Mary also enjoys further benefits such as reduced soot and smoke, which have helped her and her grandchildren stay strong and healthy. The energy efficient stove has provided Mary and her grandchildren with many opportunities for a better quality of life.
Ugandan Borehole Rehabilitation Project: Joyce’s Story The borehole rehabilitation project in Uganda is providing clean water, without the need to boil, to thousands of people across the country. Joyce Acio, a 48 year-old widow, a local from the Adekirwai Village in Abukamola, Uganda is one of the beneficiaries of this scheme. “We used to get worms in the water which were reddish in colour and had long tails. Whenever it rained, our old water source would get flooded, causing us more work of digging the water source again.” As well as these issues Joyce’s local water source was shared by local livestock and wild animals and also used for bathing by locals. Due to the poor quality of water, many of Joyce’s neighbours and Joyce herself would suffer from stomach complaints and many other related illnesses. With the area prone to flooding after rain or evaporating during drought, collecting water was a challenging task. With flooding, young children could not be tasked to collect water, as the depth of the source could prove highly dangerous. Yet, during dry season, the supply often runs short and locals struggle to find enough to get by, consuming large amounts of valuable time in trying to find enough water to survive. Now, with the rehabilitated borehole, Joyce and her neighbours have access to clean, safe water that is just a short distance away. Her village has enjoyed a dramatic fall in stomach complaints and illness, as water is protected from wildlife and treated occasionally making it safe for drinking without the need to boil. This removal of the need to boil water has saved locals precious time and money as the need for firewood has been removed, and has also generated carbon savings.
Arena: Dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Value Arena is proud to partner with Toshiba TEC UK and CO2balance to be a key contributor to projects that are positively impacting the lives of families, children and the elderly in Africa. We also believe strongly in giving back to our local communities. Our CSR scheme contributes the time and skills of our workforce towards many local community and charity projects. Some of the ways we contribute: • Arena Group employees are encouraged to spend 2 work days per year supporting local community and charity projects • As the primary sponsor of the Jane Tomlinson Junior and Mini Fun Run, we pay the entry fees for every competitor making this the largest free-to-enter series in the area • Arena Group employees help with a variety of projects from supporting schools in delivering enterprise projects to hosting charity events and cleaning up urban areas • All donations raised by our employees are equally matched by Arena Group
Special Thanks to all our customers, CO2balance and Toshiba TEC UK
Published on Nov 8, 2016
Since the introduction of the Carbon Zero scheme in 2009, Arena Group has been working alongside Toshiba TEC UK and CO2Balance to actively s...