Boreal Light GmbH is a Berlin-based company specialized on renewable energy solution for water treatment facilities. The company designs and manufactures affordable solar water desalination systems for off-grid communities around the globe. Systems manufactured by Boreal Light can deliver high quality hygiene drinking, irrigation, fish farm and sanitation water from any kind of high saline and polluted water resources.
Boreal Light deals with the necessities of people i.e., water, energy, and food. Through water, they deeply engage with SDG # 6, and then since all their systems are powered by solar energy, they fall into SDG # 7 as well. Moreover, combining the two begets to SDG # 2 of zero hunger through their community farming projects. The fusion between those three SDGs brings more impacts and touches SDG # 1 for poverty reduction, SDG # 3 for health, SDG # 9 for industry, innovation, and infrastructures, and finally SDG # 13 for climate action. It is pertinent to mention that each of their projects generates hundreds of carbon credit per year and contributes on both mitigation and adaptation strategies combating climate change.
The biggest challenge faced by the company is to differentiate between what is green washing and what is impact. Another challenge that is hindering development is the mind-set of the people. Regardless of you are in a remote village or in the heart of the most cosmopolitan city in Europe, changing people’s mind-set is a challenge. To overcome that, the company is intensively investing on education and vocational training in communities they engage.
Boreal Light aims for capacity building around the nexus of water and energy; SDG # 6 and SDG # 7. Their vision to imagine for the sustainable tech is the day when sustainable technologies will not be a choice. That is what they would love to see as the long-term global impact of a technology, as an umbrella where many others can join and benefit the shade.