Sustainable Development Goals 

In 2015 the United Nations have set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals are a universal call-to-action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. 

At Element15, we firmly believe that our solutions contribute to specifically three SDGs, namely No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Clean Water and Sanitation. To demonstrate our contribution and create transparency, we have  translated these three SDGs into realistic and measurable targets. Element15 will monitor and report on these targets on a continuous basis. 

SDG Two - Zero hunger

The goal is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

The treadle pump should allow small scale farmers to increase their volume of production and average net income. The costs of a conventional generator and electrical pump are roughly ten times higher than that of a treadle pump. Running the generator requires petrol, which leads to monthly expenses whereas the treadle pump doesn't have any operational expenditures. The return of investment of a treadle pump is estimated to be around 2 months. 

SDG Two - Good health and well-being

The goal is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

The treadle pump should allow small scale farmers to increase their volume of production and average net income. Drinking unsafe water results amongst others in diarrheal diseases. The death rate in Namibia in 2019 due to this was >1.000 people (source: WHO). The death rate of children up to four years due to Diarrheal diseases in the entire continent of Africa is 750.000 children (source: NCBI). BAR the filter backpack purifies surface water and filters out almost all bacteria, parasites and viruses, which causes these diseases.

SDG Six - Clean water and sanitation

The goal is to ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all

BAR should in that perspective also be able to lower the percentage of the population that drinks unsafe water. In Namibia 80% of the households have access to clean drinking water, but only 60% in rural areas have clean water access (source: Borgen Project). BAR the filter backpack produces clean drinking water at a rate of >1.000 liters per hour. Taking into account that a single person needs 2 liter of drinking water per day,  BAR would be able to provide clean drinking water to multiple households. 

SDG Nine - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

The goal is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

BAR and the treadle pump are manually operated, which means no CO2 emissions such as with conventional systems. While using a treadle pump for irrigation purposes, CO2 emissions can be reduced, since there is no need for a generator. 

Example: For a generator that runs 8 hours a day, one needs roughly 14 liter of petrol. With 2.3 kg CO2 per liter of petrol, the emission is 32 kg CO2 per day, which annually would give a CO2 reduction of 11 ton CO2.