Pipeline to a better future
Across India, more than 700 million people depend on solid fuels that produce harmful emissions and take a long time to gather. In the state of Gujarat, however, natural gas is an alternative offering health and economic benefits.
When we think of air pollution we often think of factory chimneys or vehicle exhausts. However, indoor pollution caused by burning inefficient solid fuels still poses major health risks to people around the world. The Indian state of Gujarat is tackling this with natural gas.
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VO & super: How can a steel pipe put a smile on an Indian child’s face?
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Around 700 million Indians still rely on burning solid fuels like coal, wood and even animal dung to cook for their families.
We see an Indian village with the Indian map & flag pulled out
Around 700 million Indians
We see a mother cooking with her children sat beside her
This is harmful to inhale and takes hours every day to collect.
We see the family coughing with fumes coming off them.
We see the mother spending hours collecting fuel to keep her fire burning
By working with the Gujarat government to provide piped natural gas across the region…
Pipes connect throughout the screen
Piped natural gas
We see a village appear which is now connected by steel pipes
Shell is helping to liberate women from the chore of finding cooking fuel, …giving them back around five hours a day
The mother is walking carrying wood when a clock appears, going backwards
Five hours a day
Which they can use to earn extra income and spend more precious family time.
A stove appears which is running from the steel pipes
A family are sat at their kitchen table enjoying a meal together
It’s just one of the ways that Shell, the Gujurat Government, and other partners are helping to bring better energy to people.
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Across India an estimated half a million deaths a year are linked to indoor pollution, according to the World Health Organization. A further 5 million people suffer from connected illnesses such as lung cancer and eye problems.
Major causes of indoor pollution are solid fuels like wood, coal and even animal dung that some 700 million people in the country still depend on for cooking.
Not only are the fumes from these fuels dangerous, but gathering them and building fires can take hours – tiring work that women and children typically toil over.
But in Gujarat, Shell is collaborating with a government-led initiative to connect natural gas pipelines to people’s homes, helping to improve lives.
These pipelines feed gas stoves, allowing people to cook at the turn of a dial, eliminating dangerous fumes from solid fuels, and freeing up time for those who used to search for fuel.
“When we started using gas we had extra time for work,” says Rameelaben, a woman living in a rural village in Gujurat. “With extra time on hand, we work as house help and earn 1,500 rupees (approximately $23) more per month.”
The government aims to expand the supply network to more states, so gas can help save lives and offer a better standard of living for people in other parts of the country.
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