The cultivation of biofuels like wood and other plants take resources away from food production and increases the use of fertilizer and pesticides. The removal of trees and other shrubs for burning contributes to deforestation and flooding – impacting not just the environment but the animals and people as well. Carbon emissions are a major environmental impact of burning solid fuels. In fact, 25% of all black carbon emissions come from the household burning of solid fuels. Kerosene lanterns used for lighting account for 190 million tons of carbon emissions every year.
EVERY LIGHT SOLD BY ELEPHANT ENERGY OFFSETS AN AVERAGE OF 3 TONS OF CO2 OVER IT’S LIFE
47,000+ TONNES OF CO2 HAVE BEEN OFFSET BY OUR PROGRAMS TO DATE
Batteries, used to power flashlights and radios, contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals which are harmful to the environment. Non-existent recycling and waste disposal in sub-Saharan Africa mean toxic chemicals such as lead, nickel, and lithium often leach into the ground as batteries corrode. These chemicals can affect land for farming and contaminate drinking water.
To combat the environmental hazards of bio-fuels, Elephant Energy provides solar energy systems that are affordable, reliable, and safe for people and the environment. Once the batteries reach the end of their life, Elephant Energy then collects them for proper recycling - keeping plants, animals, and people safe.