At Multilink, we’re committed to using technology to solve one of the greatest challenges we face as a country and region: building a clean energy future. We’re committed to helping meet the country’s need for energy while taking steps to protect the environment. We believe that is the right thing to do and that is critical to our success in a world in which energy sources should be compatible with an environment that’s clean, safe and healthy That’s why we’ve worked hard to be carbon neutral as a company, launched our clean energy POS initiative and have invested in several clean energy projects around the country.
But what if we knew the value of innovation in clean energy technologies for the developing world? How much could new technologies contribute to our economic growth, enhance our energy security or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?
The World Bank estimates that 4% of the global burden of disease comes from indoor air pollution, with women and children at highest risk. Deforestation is another result of the reliance on wood for energy, and can lead to soil erosion and desertification, silting of lakes and rivers, reduced precipitation, and increased atmospheric CO2 concentration. Growing evidence suggests that the costs of using “traditional” energy sources, be it biomass or fossil fuels, are significant.
At Multilink, we believe:
Clean Energy innovation pays off big
Speed matters and delay is costly
Policy and innovation can enhance each other
Protos and CO2
The CO2 released by burning plant oil is equal to the amount that is absorbed by the plant through the photosynthetic process. In other words, the process is greenhouse gas (GHG), or “carbon neutral”. When used to substitute fossil fuels (e.g. kerosene, gas), it is possible to reduce CO2 release by up to 0.5 ton per year per cooker. In Kenya just as the case is in many countries, wood and charcoal are harvested through processes that are not sustainable. The use of Protos and thus substitution of such non-sustainably harvested wood or charcoal can result in a reduction of CO2 emissions of between three to seven tons per cooker per year.
Within this context, special attention is paid to ensure that the plant oil used for our technology is harvested sustainably. The production of plant oil should neither come at the expense of areas rich in biodiversity, nor encourage monocultures, i.e. farming of a single crop.