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. The Project Design Document can be found here.
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. The Project Design Document can be found here.
This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel InternationalVerification: CDM Gold Standard Crediting Period: 2011 – 2020 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 2,000,000
The Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in the Yaeda Valley Project is a community-based conservation effort in Northern Tanzania that has been certified through the Plan Vivo Foundation. Located on 20,000 hectares of forested lands along the Kidero Hills of the Yaeda Valley, the project is the first fully operational REDD project in Tanzania, and serves as an effective model to recognize economic benefits from ecosystem services in the region. The ongoing success of the emission reduction activity positions carbon finance as a viable funding mechanism for conservation, providing a rich assortment of natural resources, livelihoods, and cultural heritage to one of East Africa’s most exceptional indigenous communities, the Hadzabe. Contributions to the project will create a trust for the Hadzabe, designed to enforce their land use plans and village by-laws, which will help to safeguard natural resources from external pressures. Although the Hadzabe have lived in the Yaeda Valley for what is estimated to be 40,000 years or more, they have been gradually displaced in recent decades, losing more than 90% of their land to outsiders seeking space for grazing and farming. Effective management and support for this project will assist the community to regain and strengthen rights to the land while stewarding its use for years to come. The project is one of the first to help an indigenous, forest-dependent community in Africa to benefit economically from the growing global carbon market by enhancing land tenure and establishing natural resource rights and security. A Project Description can be found here.
This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel InternationalVerification: Plan Vivo Foundation Crediting Period: 2013-2033 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 18,000