Paul Polak’s approach: reducing rural carbon emissions

    Mal Warwick Posted by Mal Warwick, writer.

    Mal Warwick is an ex-Peace Corps volunteer (Ecuador 1965–69) turned entrepreneur and impact investor who has championed social and environmental responsibility in the business community nationwide for more than two decades.



    Paul Polak’s approach: reducing rural carbon emissions

    A treadle pump at work in Bangladesh. In India, however, 19 million diesel pumps power irrigation, producing carbon emissions by the millions of tons.

    Today, in India alone, 19 million diesel engines are being used to pump irrigation water from shallow wells, spewing millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. If market forces could replace a quarter of them with radically affordable solar PV-powered pump systems and drip or mini-sprinkle irrigation, we could transform smallholder farmer livelihoods and radically reduce rural carbon emissions.

    How? Here is how Paul Polak and his colleagues are setting out to achieve this goal.

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