Improving the lives of rural communities in India
Farmers in India burn around 116 million metric tons of crop residue per year, resulting in damage to the health of local people, communities and the environment, due to the smoke and fumes produced. Furthermore it has a negative effect on the economy, as the material burnt is wasted.
OCT is supporting Energy Harvest, a collaboration between Aston University and IIT Ropar that is using innovative technology to transform the waste material into a source of energy. This is a project that has global potential to improve the quality of life of thousands of communities. We are striving to improve the health and wellbeing of local people by cutting down the pollution caused by open-field burning, to support livelihoods through the pelletisation supply chain, and we hope to create a viable bio-fuel (oil) from the straw's by-products. Further detail about the bio-oil research project can be found here.
Find out more at the Energy Harvest website by clicking here.
Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, with an annual average of 153 micrograms of PM2.5s, per cubic metre. This is six times the WHO’s recommended maximum and 12 times the US standard.WHO report, 2014