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Crematorium to Offset Carbon Footprint with Water Project

Published Tuesday Jun 26, 2018

A family of coffee franers, Bogola Kaeso, her husband and children have suffered from typhoid and diarrhea after drinking raw water from the river.

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium and The Cremation Society of New Hampshire are offsetting 100 percent of the carbon footprint from their more than 2,000 annual cremations by donating to several domestic and global projects that reduce damaging emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).

According to a statement, Phaneuf is the first funeral home in NH and Vermont to offset CO2 by assisting projects such as the clean water effort. The Manchester businesses are aiding a clean water effort in Ethiopia to help provide more than six million gallons of filtered water to the Sidama Zone.

“This is a win-win situation. By offsetting our own carbon footprint, we can help save lives,” says Buddy Phaneuf, president of Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium. “Going green is a priority for Phaneuf and The Cremation Society. We are aware that a cremation uses natural gas and has CO2 emissions, and we want to counteract that effect on the environment and work towards becoming carbon neutral.”

Cremation services continue to grow in the U.S., and while the process is less damaging to the environment than a full-service burial, cremation does have a carbon footprint. NativeEnergy of Burlington, VT, facilitates carbon footprint offsetting via several projects that benefit the environment and those in need of clean water and energy, including the clean water project in Ethiopia.

In Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone, 75 percent of the population consumes unfiltered water from rivers, lakes and rain pits, which can cause deadly typhoid and diarrhea. Phaneuf’s contribution to NativeEnergy adds a water filtration system to the region as well as community-based training in proper sanitation and hygiene practices, the statement reads.

While the Sidama Zone is known for its coffee production, it has little access to sanitation resources for its 8,500+ people. “It’s easy to take clean water for granted, but there are millions of people in the world without access to safe, drinkable water,” Phaneuf says.

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