EcoEnergy provides critical, environmentally-friendly products that address the needs of Pakistanis as well as the environment they live in.
In rural Pakistan, traditional alternatives to electricity commonly used include firewood and dung cakes, which release harmful greenhouse gases into the environment in addition to causing respiratory problems especially among those living in such households. Kerosene lamps — which are also commonly used — produce harmful carbon monoxide gases and can easily set fire to organic materials that most rural homes in Sindh are built with. Greenhouse gases, when released into the atmosphere, contribute to global warming – as evidenced searing temperatures in rural Sindh during the summer.
In June 2015, a heatwave claimed nearly 2,000 lives in the province when temperatures soared up to 120°F/49°C. Shifting climate patterns also mean delayed or no monsoon season, which translates into drought and famine, leaving rural populations destitute and dependent on governmental aid. Moreover, energy deficiency caused by electrical and natural gas shortages forces a number of families all over the country to forage for wood. This has led to rapid deforestation in Pakistan, which has just over two percent of forested land left. Deforestation from this urban development, as well as the demands from a burgeoning population, has had devastating effects on Pakistan’s population, particularly on EcoEnergy’s customers in Sindh. Communities regularly deal with air pollution, severe landslides and dangerous flooding during the monsoon season. In 2010 alone, monsoon flooding affected 20 million people, largely in rural areas, and took more than 2,000 lives.
By introducing devices that use solar energy, EcoEnergy has revitalized rural communities that can now meet their energy needs and reduce their carbon footprint, also aiding the slow process to rectify the damage caused by traditional energy sources.