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United Nations Clean Water Carbon Credit Program

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Manna Energy Limited registered the world’s first United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon program for water treatment, enabling the deployment of community scale water treatment systems for thousands in rural Rwanda.

Manna Energy Limited registered the world’s first United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon program for water treatment. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) validated and registered Manna’s Rwanda Natural Energy Project, enabling the deployment of community scale water treatment systems for thousands of the country’s rural residents.

Manna has installed solar-powered surface water treatment systems in rural communities, serving schools, hospitals and the public. Local residents now have a close-at-hand source of reliable, clean water, which will improve health outcomes and school attendance. The systems avoid burning non-renewable firewood to boil water, qualifying the Rwanda project for issuance of carbon credits. While the project treats all the water consumed in the service region, the carbon credits generated are tied to actual wood fuel use reduction by the fraction of residents that currently boil some of their drinking water.

Revenues will be used to operate and maintain the systems, as well as expand this model around the world.