This project provides efficient cookstoves and water filters that can reduce a household’s fuel consumption and emissions by over half. Families benefit from less indoor smoke from each meal, and the need to boil water before drinking is entirely eliminated.
These projects help households and communities decrease indoor air pollution, provide clean water, and raise household incomes, all while reducing global emissions. They are often located in the communities least responsible for, yet most impacted by, climate change.
Our projects are concentrated where health and livelihoods are most impacted by climate change, providing sustainable development benefits and climate justice.
We conduct a detailed evaluation of the additional benefits to households, communities and biodiversity from each project, to understand their alignment with specific targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The graphics below demonstrate the SDGs most commonly supported by a project type based on a representative sample of our projects.
Click below to explore the SDG impacts of different project types:
Health and livelihoods projects benefit families and communities by providing access to clean energy and water as well as generating new and sustainable income opportunities.
See some examples of our sustainable infrastructure projects:
Clean cooking in Guatemala
Clean water in Kenya
This project brings affordable water filters to families and schools in Kenya through community-led microfinance loans, eliminating the need to boil water before drinking. The team also teaches people how to maintain the filters and educates communities on the importance of washing hands, fruits and vegetables.
Micro renewables in India
This project brings reliable solar power and solar water heating systems to replace the use of kerosene or electricity from a national grid reliant on fossil fuels. These off-grid systems can reduce bills by half and provide lighting after the sun goes down, helping businesses to operate and children to study.
All the carbon finance projects we support are independently validated and verified in line with recognized global standards, including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Gold Standard, the American Carbon Registry (ACR) and the Climate Action Reserve (CAR).
As founding members of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), we are closely involved with industry groups to evolve and develop standards and approaches for greater impact.
Click below to learn how carbon credits are generated by different types of health and livelihoods projects:
Delivering towards the Global Goals
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition
Good Health and Wellbeing
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Life on Land
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Partnerships for the Goals
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development