ServeOnSalt: What re the SDG’s we are working with?


At ServedOnSalt our main purpose and goal are to develop a cheaper alternative to firewood cooking in refugee camps and rural areas by providing a cooking solution where solar energy is stored thermochemically in a salt hydration process. Our vision and hopes with developing the ServedOnSalt solution are firstly to sustain a better cooking culture in refugee camps and secondly to improve well-being and aid progress in alternative energy sources.

When working towards this goal and vision we include relevant sustainable development goals (SDGs) to ensure ourselves that the ServedOnSalt solution makes a sustainable and substantial impact. The SDGs furthermore gives us some ambitious requirements and challenges to work with when developing the solution, which in turn hopefully will result in a stronger, better and more encompassing solution.

Regarding working with SDGs, we do so both directly in relation to the solution itself, but also indirectly due to the context in which the solution will be introduced. The sustainable development goals of which we aim to contribute to, directly and indirectly, are given below with an introductory clarification to how we will involve them.

Direct impact

We want to provide our solution to refugee camps and rural areas with no access to electricity and where meals and food therefore currently are prepared over an open fire. This practice is not only inefficient but also polluting and bad for the health and well being of people around the open fire. Smoke from open fires causes respiratory diseases, along with malnutrition this is one of the biggest factors worldwide for child mortality. Our solution aims to be a cheaper and cleaner alternative to firewood cooking, and in this way free up resources for e.g. better and more nutritious cooking.

This incorporates:

  • SDG 2 – Zero hunger by providing energy for cooking to people without electricity.
  • SDG 3 – Good health and well being by enabling clean cooking and avoiding smoke from open fires which causes respiratory diseases.
  • SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy for all.

Indirect impact

Women and children spend up to six hours a day collecting firewood in the current practice in refugee camps and rural Africa. On these tours of collecting firewood the women and children are in an exposed situation and can sadly become victim to gender-based violence and sexual harassment. We want to remove the need for this collection and thereby both freeing up time for children to go to school and for women to go to work. Furthermore, by reducing the need for firewood we want to combat deforestation from firewood collection.

This contributes to:

  • · SDG 4 – Quality education by freeing up time to e.g. education for children.
  • · SDG 5 – Gender equality by eliminating the task of gathering firewood we avoid exposed situations for children and women.
  • · SDG 15 – Life on land by reducing deforestation from firewood collection.

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