Every gram of CO2 matters: REC solar panels bring clean energy to remote Himalayan communities to electrify medical centers in the Himalayan region
No place is too remote for the effects of climate change
Glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region, which span over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of Asia at an average elevation of over 20,000ft (6,000 m), provide water resources to around a quarter of the world’s population. The Himalayas could lose two-thirds of their glaciers by 2100 due to rising temperatures.1 Remote communities which call these regions home, are more prone to the effects of climate change.
Benefits of access to clean solar energy
It is therefore all the more important for these communities to have functioning medical centers. The electrification and healthcare upgrade with REC solar panels brings important benefits. Apart from having 24/7 access to energy, medical centers can now provide better critical healthcare, without transporting patients to other centers. Patient turnout is better due to higher confidence amongst villagers for healthcare. There is also a reduction in infant mortality. A video documentation, explaining in detail the difference these few solar panels are making for the remote communities, is available on Youtube.com/RECGroupMedia.
Commenting on this project, Agnieszka Schulze, Chairperson of the CSR Steering Committee at REC Group, says: “At REC, we believe that as the solar industry grows in importance, so does our responsibility to be good corporate citizens, as well as more sustainable. That also applies to activities outside our company, which is why we support projects in local communities that deliver positive outcomes at a local level.”
COP26: urgent action needed by all
COP26 made clear just how urgent it is to take action on both global and local levels. Atmospheric CO2 continues to rise fast. Even with the best-case scenario – with full implementation of all announced targets including net zero pledges – current data indicates that it will be extremely challenging to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Every gram of CO2 matters – which is why REC is committed to bringing clean solar power to communities that would otherwise rely on polluting energy sources. Sustainability is key to REC’s Code of Conduct, and the entire management is committed to upholding these principles in all REC’s business activities.
In line with this commitment, REC is continuously increasing efficiencies of its solar panels up while driving Energy, Water and Waste Savings programs, investing into innovative silicon kerf recycling processes and using also solar power on its rooftop to reduce its own environmental footprint. Beyond this, REC is regularly supporting communities in need, such as in Himalaya, Puerto Rico or in Australia following the bushfires, demonstrating REC’s holistic understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility according to ISO 26000.
To find out more about REC’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities, visit recgroup.com/csr.
1 The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/two-thirds-of-glacier-ice-in-the-himalayas-will-be-lost-by-2100-if-climate-targets-arent-met-143207#:~:text=The%20future%20of%20Himalayan%20glaciers&text=These%20models%20tell%20us%20that,lost%20in%20the%20same%20period.
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REC Group is an international pioneering solar energy company dedicated to empowering consumers with clean, affordable solar power through high-quality solar panels with a leading power density. As Solar’s Most Trusted, REC is known for its patented innovations and multiple award-winning products with reliable long-term performance. The cornerstone for REC’s strong reliability is advanced and highly efficient manufacturing using Industry 4.0 practices. Founded in 1996 in Norway, REC has always been committed to a low carbon footprint in its solar materials and panels. REC is headquartered in Norway with operational headquarters in Singapore and regional hubs in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.