TEP’s staff voted that the Darfur Low Smoke Oven project in Sudan would again be the recipient of our carbon offset funding in 2018.
The project helps to improve household health in rural Sudan by replacing traditional cooking methods, burning wood and charcoal inside the home, with low smoke LPG stoves. Burning wood and charcoal can release large amounts of particulates, carbon monoxide and other pollutants. Prolonged exposure to biomass smoke is a major health risk, contributing to acute respiratory infections and other ailments in children.
As well as reducing carbon emissions and deforestation, the project helps improve health by improving air quality in the home and reducing the risk of fire. Household bills and cooking times are reduced, meaning that the project also contributes to gender equality, since women, who are largely responsible for cooking, have more time and disposable income.
TEP is one of very few UK companies to be accredited as carbon neutral to “full-scope”; in other words, we have a carbon management plan and we offset all work-related emissions of greenhouse gases including those associated with staff commuting.
Peter Henebery, TEP’s Environmental Manager comments, “Our carbon management plan has been in operation since 2010 and we have reduced our per-capita carbon footprint by 49%. We cannot avoid all emissions, so we provide funding for accredited offset projects, and each year our staff vote for the preferred offsetting project. We have been supporting the Darfur scheme for three years now.”
TEP is full-scope carbon neutral under BS PAS 2060 and our operation is independently audited by Carbon Clear. Carbon Clear is a world-leading provider of carbon and energy management services.