The European Outdoor Group is extremely pleased to be collaborating with myclimate. We will be off-setting 150 tonnes of CO2 emissions which will go towards the carbon footprint generated by delegates' air travel to the Summit.
The value of 150 tonnes is calculated at €3,575 and will be evenly distributed between these three projects:
Better Life in Indigenous Villages due to Solar and Efficient Cook Stoves - Bolivia
This project intends to reduce carbon emissions, improve health, and reduce stress placed on forestry resources in Bolivia through the replacement of inefficient wood burning stoves with high efficiency rocket stoves or solar cookers in six departments of Bolivia.
The main objective of this project is to improve the livelihood and the environment of both peri-urban and rural populations in six departments of Bolivia by placing 50,000 ecological stoves in households reducing 511,000 t CO2e over the 7 year project period.
How: It improves the livelihood of families, by saving the local population the purchase and/or the tiresome gathering of firewood; improves the health of the families by reducing their exposure to unhealthy air particles created when using traditional wood stoves in the kitchen, therefore reducing pulmonary illness mainly in women and children and the prevention of burn injuries in the kitchen; frees up time which can be utilized for other activities; improves the eating habits of families by making a modification of the cooking habits through training programs that demonstrate the various uses of the ecological stoves and educating the families on hygiene, sanitation, food preparation, kitchen organization and the environment; and finally, reducing CO2 emissions, air pollution from wood fires and deforestation.
Only through the support of myclimate and the voluntary CO2 offsetting mechanism can these stoves be accessible to populations in these areas of Bolivia and can the project be realized in this size. Carbon finance channelled through myclimate will allow, on behalf Cedesol’s beneficiaries, subsidies for the cost of the ecological stoves. Furthermore, it is expected that over the next seven years the design of the project will guarantee its sustainability and expansion to other areas of Bolivia.
From waste to organic fertilizer - Nepal
Waste is a major problem in Kathmandu, and organic waste amounts to almost 70 per cent of the total waste. In March 2011, a pilot project by Biocomp started with a composting facility in the surroundings of Kathmandu. The plant collects waste from vegetable markets producing compost through aerobic degradation and at the same time reducing methan emissions. During the pilot, in total 140 tons of fresh organic waste from local markets were collected (2 to 3 tons per day) and 15 tons of high quality compost was produced. The compost meets international quality standards regarding nutrient content.
Due to its success, a new project site for larger capacities was contracted and the construction of further composting facilities started in January 2013.
The beneficiary community of the project is, on the one hand, the entire population in and around Kathmandu, since the waste problem is alleviated by the reduction of the amount of waste processed in traditional landfills. On the other hand, farmers profit from the produced compost that they can use for their crops. The switch from chemical fertilizers to compost means a more sustainable way of treating the fields. Fertilizers from organic waste are more effective for the health of soil as well as of humans and therefore benefit the farmers as well as the consumers. Available and affordable natural fertilizer such as compost therefore fulfils an existing need. By closing the loop of organic nutrients, Biocomp promotes sustainable agriculture. In addition, the Biocomp plant has created 10 high quality jobs for local people. The site particularly provides jobs for women discriminated by their families and therewith contributes to gender equality. Further jobs (up to 50 in total) will be created during the up-scaling process.
Biocomp’s revenue comes from compost sales and from carbon credits. Because the latter would contribute to the revenue only from 2013 on, myclimate made upfront payments, which allowed Biocomp to finance the initial investments.
Efficient Rocket Barns help cut Wood Consumption - Malawi
The project distributes energy efficient cook stoves and efficient tobacco curing barns to rural households and smallholder farmers in Malawi replacing existing inefficient traditional appliances. The stoves and barns reduce woodfuel consumption by 40% to 60%. These are significant savings in a country like Malawi, which is estimated to have suffered more than 70% deforestation in the last decades. The project's stoves directly reduce indoor cooking smoke, which is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide each year due to respiratory diseases. The project thus has very strong public health and environmental benefits.
The project is developed and implemented by the Malawian company Hestian Rural Innovation Development (http://www.hestianinnovation.com/).
Efficient barns: After fuel use for cooking, the greatest source of deforestation in Malawi is wood-fuelled tobacco 'curing'. This crop is Malawi’s largest export and primary source of hard currency. Smallholder farmers cultivating approximately 1 ha of land, use fuelwood mainly from forests to 'cure' leaves in very inefficient traditional barns. Continued growth in the sector is directly accelerating the deforestation rate, causing soil erosion, rainwater run-off, sinking water table and river siltation, with consequent impact on the nutrition cycle. The project’s barn is an affordable curing barn that reduces wood consumption while improving the quality and quantity of the produce. Properly used, it can reduce wood consumption by more than 60%. The rocket barn has been developed locally over 4 years by GTZ/ProBEC (http://www.probec.org) and the Aprovecho Research Center (http://www.aprovecho.org) and has reached high efficiency gains using affordable and locally accessible raw materials. The primary characteristic that permits widespread uptake in the region is the absence of foreign, exotic or complicated tools or parts.
Efficient cook stoves: In rural Malawi, 91% of households still use the traditional 3-stone fires consuming large quantities of fuelwood for cooking. The project distributes two types of stoves that are more fuel-efficient, improve heat transfer and combustion efficiency and are cleaner and safer: the portable ceramic stove, called Chitetezo mbaula (the protective stove), and the fixed esperanza stove. These stoves have evolved with specific designs for low-income rural households and are manufactured at the village level thus facilitating self-reliance and accessibility. The specialised design of the improved stoves reduces firewood consumption by about 40% compared to traditional 3-stone fires. With improved kitchen management, such as proper drying and cutting up of the fuelwood, savings can reach up to 50%.
About myclimate - The Climate Protection Partnership
myclimate is a partner for effective climate protection, globally and locally. Together with industry partners and private individuals, myclimate wants to shape the future of the world through advisory services and educational programmes, as well as its own projects. It does so in a market-oriented and customer-focused way as a non-profit organisation.
The high quality projects promote quantifiable climate protection and greater sustainability worldwide. CO2 emissions are currently compensated voluntarily by means of more than 70 climate protection projects in 30 countries. Emissions are reduced there by replacing fossil energy resources with renewable energies, and by implementing local afforestation measures with smallholder farmers and energy-efficient technologies. myclimate climate protection projects meet the highest standards (Gold Standard, CDM, Plan Vivo), which are not only proven to reduce greenhouse gasses locally and regionally, but also make a positive contribution to sustainable development.
Since the foundation was estabilshed these projects have created thousands of jobs, protected biodiversity and improved the general living conditions of hundreds of thousands of people.
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