Project details
1352 · Clean drinking water
  • Chencha, Ethiopia
Improving health, biodiversity and gender equality in southern Ethiopia

Our carbon offset project provides clean drinking water in Ethiopia's Central Province through the installation, rehabilitation, and maintenance of boreholes. By providing safe water, the project helps to reduce diseases such as cholera, as poor water quality is one of the main causes of these infections. It also ensures that households consume less firewood during the process of water purification, and as a result, fewer emissions will be released into the atmosphere – saving about 60,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. This further contributes to the health of the population, as the water is usually boiled over open fire, resulting in heavy smoke.

Girls and women are particularly affected by poor water conditions which is why our project also has an impact on gender equality: Providing clean water through boreholes reduces their time spent collecting water and firewood which can now be used for education or generating additional income.

How does technology for clean drinking water help fight global warming?Two billion people in the world have no access to clean drinking water. Many families have to boil their drinking water over an open fire, resulting in CO2 emissions and deforestation. Where water can be cleaned chemically (e.g. with chlorine) or mechanically (with filters), or where groundwater can be provided from wells, these CO2 emissions can be avoided. Clean drinking water projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.
Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-BeingThe project helps reducing water-borne diseases and health problems caused by air pollution resulting from the need to boil water for purification.
Gender EqualityReducing time for collecting water and firewood allows women and girls to focus on income generation, education or other activities.
Clean Water and SanitationThe project creates access to safe water people in Ethiopia.
Climate ActionThe project saves an about 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by reducing the necessity to boil water for disinfection.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyClean drinking waterRegionChencha, EthiopiaEstimated annual emission reductions10,000 t CO2Verified byGesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH