Through collaboration with Manna Energy Limited, the SWEET Lab is associated with the Carbon for Water program in Kenya. Vestergaard Frandsen contracted Manna Energy Limited to design and implement the first carbon financed drinking water treatment program in the world, Carbon for Water.
Manna Energy Limited, under contract to Vestergaard Frandsen, successfully developed and registered the first Gold Standard carbon credit water treatment program, which is now the largest Gold Standard project and one of the largest privately financed water treatment projects internationally, delivering clean water to over four million people.
Alison Hill, the Vestergaard Frandsen Campaign Manager, says, “Nearly one million LifeStraw® Family water filters, serving over four million people, will be installed in almost every household in the Western Province of Kenya beginning in late April 2011. The province-wide, door-to-door free distribution campaign will last four to six weeks and reach about 90 percent of all homes without access to safe municipal water sources.”
Each LifeStraw® Family water filter delivers at least 18,000 liters of U.S. EPA-quality drinking water, enough to supply a family of five with cleaning drinking water for three years. Kenyans who receive them will no longer have to treat water by boiling it using wood fuel, which generates greenhouse gasses. This behavioral change is expected to produce more than two million tons of carbon emission reductions annually. As the supplier of the water filters, Vestergaard Frandsen will earn the carbon credits.
Manna also developed and implemented one of the largest smartphone application deployments in international development, providing services for 3,500 community health workers to deploy the LifeStraw® Family units to over four million people, registering each deployment through a smartphone application uploading to a global database.