Social enterprises creating real and sustainable change
Project Everest’s current environmental sustainability ventures are focused on three core areas – alternative and sustainable energy, alternative domestic fuel sources and recyclable solutions. Environmental sustainable social enterprises means jobs, security, food production, increasing employment opportunities, increased incomes, safety and resilience.
Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.
In developing countries, plastic waste is a social, economical and environmental issue. Worldwide plastic consumption has increased from 1.5 million tonnes in 1950 to 280 million tonnes in 2013 (Wright, Thompson and Galloway, 2013).
Approximately 50% of these plastics are recyclable, but plastic recycling rates are relatively low in developed countries due to the complexity of sorting and low value of many plastics. This is even more extreme in developing countries where the understanding of recycling processes are limited, costs of recycling can be greater than that of buying new, and governments in developing countries tend to have environmental concerns low on their list.
In regards to fuel efficiency, Project Everest aims to combat the following issues:
- 1 billion tonnes of C02 is produced each year as a result of inefficient cooking.
- 4 million deaths per year are the result of household air pollution.
- Low income families in developing countries spend as much as 30% of their income on cooking fuel.
Project Everest is currently working on environmental sustainability in the areas of Plastic Recycling and Fuel Efficiency.
Previous feasibility studies have observed a need for improvements in the efficiency and emissions output of domestic cooking practices in rural Timor-Lesté. In response to this, Project Everest is seeking to test a number of high efficiency, low cost, low maintenance wood fire stoves.
Project Everest is seeking to understand if there is need for alternative domestic fuel sources in Fiji, Cambodia and East Timor and whether Project Everest is well placed to develop social enterprises that sell socially beneficial goods or services surrounding energy resources.
Everest Recyclable Solutions
Project Everest is dedicated to helping realise the Sustainable Development Goals. Of these goals, Project Everest has been working on goal eleven, Sustainable Cities and Communities: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. One component of this goal is minimising the per capita negative environmental impacts of cities, specifically as it relates to waste management.