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Ghana gyapa improved cookstoves carbon offset project

Gyapa Improved Cookstoves

This project provides families in Ghana with more efficient cookstoves that utilize less charcoal fuel than traditional “coal pot” stoves. Along with mitigating climate change, the reduction in charcoal production and cooking emissions also lessens exposure to indoor air pollutants and decreases exploitation of Ghana’s forests. The project also stimulates employment opportunities related to manufacturing, retailing, and maintaining the stoves.

The Gyapa Improved Cook-Stoves project in Ghana generates emissions reductions through replacement of traditional inefficient charcoal stoves (locally known as “coal-pots”) with improved stoves. Three sizes of stoves are available for distribution for an average savings of .25 kgs – 3.81 kgs of emissions per day of use through utilization of a heavily insulated combustion chamber fortified by a ceramic liner.

Benefits from implementation of this project increase needed levels of biodiversity in the region through reductions in the amount of wood and charcoal needed during daily activities. Where twenty years ago Ghana was home to 8.2 million hectares or high forest only 1.2 million hectares remain and wood-fuel consumption exceeds forest growth is responsible for 80% of domestic energy consumption.

With each stove distributed mothers and children will be exposed to fewer hazardous air pollutants through reduced emissions of carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter. Air pollution from traditional methods has been shown a key risk factor for childhood pneumonia as well as many other respiratory, cardiovascular, and ocular diseases. As social and economic drivers, the improved stoves give rise to employment opportunities for enterprises, manufacturing, distributing, retailing, and maintaining the stoves.

Environmental Benefits

  • Fights climate change by reducing emissions from charcoal production and cooking
  • Reduces pressure on forest resources by reducing charcoal needs

Community Benefits

  • Lessens the risk of disease by improving indoor air quality
  • Stimulates local employment opportunities and trains people on the necessary skills to fill these roles
  • Reduces fuel costs for families

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

165,159 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standard

Project Developers

EnterpriseWorks/VITA-Ghana

Project Documents

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Cambodia efficient cookstoves carbon offset project

Cambodia Efficient Cookstoves

This project is reducing cooking emissions by producing and distributing more efficient cookstoves in Cambodia. By reducing the amount of fuel that is required, the new cookstoves also reduce pressure on forest resources. The project improves living conditions, particularly for women, by reducing their exposure to harmful pollutants and time spent collecting wood and cooking.

The objective of efficient cookstoves in Cambodia is to reduce fuel consumption through production and distribution of Lao cook stoves in nine provinces of Cambodia. Part of the larger Cambodian Firewood Saving Project (CFSP), this project avoids emissions from direct combustion while also protecting local forest ecosystems through increasing the efficiency of traditional wood-fuel stoves.

Ninety percent of the Cambodian population depend daily on fuel for cooking purposes. In addition to fuel conservation, the cookstoves emit less airborne particles like carbon monoxide to improve the living conditions of the users. Benefits have been shown to positively affect women more proportionally than men through decreasing ill health within the home, saving the time to collect fuel wood and cooking, and reducing the cost of purchased fuel. Additionally, economic opportunities are created through production distribution and management opportunities.

Environmental Benefits

  • Fights climate change by reducing emissions from cooking
  • Reduces pressure on forest resources by reducing fuel wood consumption

Community Benefits

  • Improves health and living conditions by reducing indoor air pollutants
  • Creates jobs in rural communities
  • Reduces fuel costs for families
  • Reduces time women must spend collecting fuel wood and cooking

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

203,186 metric tons CO2e (annual average for crediting period)

SDGs Supported

Verification Standard

Project Developers

Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités (GERES) – Cambodia

Project Documents

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Cambodia Clean Drinking Water Filters Carbon Offset Project

Hydrologic Clean Water Filters in Cambodia

This project improves access to safe drinking water in Cambodia by providing water filters to rural families. By eliminating the need to boil water using wood fuel, the project prevents CO2 emissions, reduces pressure on Cambodia’s precious forest resources, and improves indoor air quality.

Where & Why

Water-borne diseases are a major health concern in Cambodia, particularly among young children in rural areas. Untreated water and poor sanitation causes about 10 million cases of diarrhea and 10,000 deaths in the country each year. Most families in Cambodia boil water on wood or charcoal stoves to make it safe to drink. Typically women and girls are responsible for gathering and burning the firewood. This exposes them to harmful smoke which can cause adverse health effects. In addition to affecting respiratory health, this burning process also produces carbon emissions and puts pressure on Cambodia’s precious forest resources. 

How & Who

This project will improve access to clean drinking water and reduce emissions by selling affordable ceramic water filters to rural households in Cambodia. Over the seven year crediting period, water filters will be provided to up to 1.7 million people across a potential 312,000 households. The filters are shown to remove 99.9% of bacteria from water and can produce up to 30 liters of clean water per day.  Families that have water filters in their homes will no longer need to disinfect their water by boiling it. 

By eliminating the need for wood fuel, the project reduces depletion of Cambodia’s forest resources, relieves mothers and daughters from collecting firewood, and lowers household fuel expenses. The use of filters instead of wood burning also lessens indoor air pollution, thereby preventing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the risk of respiratory illness. Plus, since the filters are produced by Hydrologic, a Cambodian social enterprise, the project also generates employment opportunities for local residents.

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduces depletion of forest resources
  • Mitigates climate change by preventing CO2 emissions

Community Benefits

  • Improves rural access to clean drinking water 
  • Decreases time women spend collecting firewood 
  • Reduces respiratory illness
  • Creates local employment opportunities 
  • Reduces household fuel expenses

Project Type

Forests

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

89,000 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Hydrologic

Project Documents

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LifeStraw Water Filters for Rural Kenya

By distributing water filters to families in rural Kenya, this project eliminates the need to boil water over wood fires to make it safe for drinking. The new filters allow families to purify their drinking water without releasing harmful pollutants into the air. They also reduces the burden of firewood collection, which typically falls on women and girls, and alleviate pressure on local wood resources. 

Where & Why

The Sustainable Deployment of the LifeStraw Family in rural Kenya is an ongoing Clean Development Mechanism project in the Western Province of the Republic of Kenya that has been independently verified by The Gold Standard. The project generates carbon reductions through production and distribution of LifeStraw Water Filters that eliminate the need for fuel combustion to sanitize potable water fit for consumption. Each filter requires no energy to use and has been shown to provide 18,000 liters of clean water for a family of five over a three year period. At the end of the three year period each filter will be replaced using the funds generated from carbon credits.

Over 1,000,000 individuals have been targeted as recipients based on the results from independent research and three stakeholder meetings in the region.
In addition to supporting the UN Millenium Development Goal of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation, this project also reduces depletion of natural resources related to the cutting of trees, relieves female children and mothers of families from collecting firewood to boil water, improves indoor air quality to reduce risk of ill-health in women and children, reduces daily fuel costs on low-income regions and provides beneficial employment to local residents during the established distribution, monitoring and replacement phases of the project.

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change by preventing CO2 emissions from burning wood
  • Reduces pressure on Kenya’s scarce wood resources

Community Benefits

  • Improves rural access to clean drinking water
  • Reduces waterborne diseases and indoor air pollution
  • Decreases time spent collecting firewood, particularly by women and girls
  • Reduces the financial burden of water treatment
  • Provides employment to local Kenyans

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

2,073,328 metric tons CO2e (annual average for crediting period)

SDGs Supported

Verification Standard

Project Developers

Vestergaard S.A.

Project Documents

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Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative

Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative

This project is protecting a critical forest ecosystem that supports over 1,000 species in northern Peru. By providing benefits to local communities, the project motivates farmers to conserve the forest and promotes sustainable production of the region’s main crop: coffee.

Where & Why

The Alto Mayo Protected Forest is a critical ecosystem located in the San Martín region of the Peruvian Amazon. The forest covers approximately 182,000 hectares (450,000 acres) – an area twice the size of New York City. The area boasts extremely high biodiversity and is home to over 1,000 unique species, including rare birds, amphibians, and the yellow-tailed woolly monkey that is endemic to Peru. The forest also plays a valuable role in protecting the streams which provide water for the people who live in the Alto Mayo Basin. 

Although the Alto Mayo Forest is designated as a protected area, it is still threatened by high rates of deforestation and degradation. Rising coffee prices and a new highway spurred thousands of migrant farmers to flock to the region. It is estimated that more than 4,000 families now live in and around the forest.  Unfortunately, as more people settled in the region and agricultural production expanded, it came at a cost to Alto Mayo’s environment. Farmers burned and cleared trees to plant crops and utilized unsustainable coffee production techniques. As a result, they were destroying not only a critical ecosystem, but the very resources their livelihoods depend on.

How & Who

This REDD+ project is reducing tropical deforestation by protecting and restoring the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. It is addressing the main causes of deforestation in the area by working directly with local communities and the Peruvian Government. 

By providing economic benefits to local communities, the project incentivizes inhabitants to conserve the forest and protect its precious resources. Local families sign conservation agreements in exchange for benefits, such as agricultural training, farming equipment, public health campaigns, and school supplies.  By signing the agreements, families pledge to not cut down trees, use sustainable farming practices, and engage in various other conservation activities. In addition, farmers are provided with access to coffee and native tree seedlings so they can also plant native trees within their coffee plantations. 

To date, over 848 community members have pledged to protect the trees of Alto Mayo. In addition to providing incentives, the project is also creating new job opportunities for local communities. People are paid for certain conservation activities, such as patrolling and safeguarding the forest. In total, more than 240,000 inhabitants of the Alto Mayo Basin are benefiting as a result of the project.

Environmental Benefits

  • Conserves 450,000 acres of forest 
  • Safeguards tropical biodiversity
  • Protects water resources
  • Mitigates climate change by storing carbon

Community Benefits

  • Trains local communities on agricultural practices
  • Improves health and education
  • Ensures clean water for communities
  • Creates sustainable jobs for local people

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

515,116 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Conservation International

Project Documents

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Green Trees Carbon Offset Project

Green Trees

This project is reforesting 1 million acres of farmland in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley by planting and protecting trees. In addition to storing carbon, the revitalized forest will generate income for local landowners, provide a habitat for migratory birds, and prevent pollution from entering the Mississippi River.

Where & Why

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley is the largest floodplain in the United States, covering approximately 25 million acres in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee. Considered by many to be North America’s rainforest, the valley provides a vital habitat for many plant and animal species, particularly migratory birds. It is estimated that 40% of North America’s waterfowl and 60% of all bird species migrate along the Mississippi River.

Over the last 50+ years, the landscape of this region has dramatically changed. The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley was once covered by 22 million acres of dense hardwood forests, but much of this land has since been cleared for development or converted to farmland. Today, less than 20% of the original forest remains. 

The destruction of this critical habitat has come hand-in-hand with dwindling wildlife populations. The loss of this forestland has also resulted in increased soil erosion and nutrient pollution, which contributes to a decline in water quality and the expanding dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

How & Who

This project aims to reduce emissions by helping the Mississippi Alluvial Valley reach its potential to become a huge carbon sink. GreenTrees is the largest reforestation project in North America, with the goal of restoring 1 million acres of farmland into hearty forests. 

The project works with more than 500 local farmers and landowners who commit to planting and protecting trees on their agricultural land in return for carbon revenues. Native hardwoods are interplanted with fast growing cottonwoods to accelerate the growth and quality of the forest.

The project also supports sustainable tree harvesting, which creates jobs and additional income for local communities, as well as a supply of renewable biomass. In addition to providing a revitalized habitat for wildlife, the restored forests will play an important role in improving water quality by filtering nutrients out of runoff and preventing soil from washing into the Mississippi River.

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change by storing carbon
  • Restores wildlife habitat and protects biodiversity
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Improves water quality

Community Benefits

  • Provides revenue for low-income landowners
  • Creates local jobs
  • Enhances protection against flood damage
  • Provides a renewable biomass supply

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

553,037 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

c2i LLC, Virginia

Project Documents

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