Blog Updates - From the Front Line
The social side of carbon offsets
This edition we want to open your eyes to the
diversity of carbon offsetting projects. But before we get into this, let’s
start from the beginning. Offsetting works as credits for reductions in greenhouse
gas emissions made from primarily renewable energy projects such as wind,
solar, hydro or renewable biomass that replaces fossil fuel power generation.
Carbon offsets are quantified and sold in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalent (CO2e). In short, it’s an eye for an eye mentality as for
every tonne of carbon credit you purchase, one tonne of carbon emissions is
prevented from being released into the atmosphere.
Most think this is where it ends, but really this
is when it starts to get interesting! In recent years there has been a more
social focus to carbon offsets. However, unfortunately these social benefits
often go unrecognised by the general public. Here
at Climate Friendly we pride ourselves on ensuring we deliver on our promise of
not only supplying carbon credits but sourcing projects that deliver many
additional benefits to the local community that they are situated in.
A fantastic example is the Cambodian Cookstove Project. This project was
initially created in order to address the health, energy and environmental
problems related to traditional household cooking practices in rural
communities in Cambodia. This project involves the
large-scale production and dissemination of energy-efficient household
cookstoves which save on fuel consumption. Although this change does not sound
big it leads to many additional benefits that are outlined below:
- Reduced deforestation in the region hence
reduced pressure on Cambodia’s valuable biodiversity.
- Improved health and livelihoods of stove
users due to the reduction of indoor air pollution from previous wood stoves.
- Greater gender equality as traditionally
women and children were responsible for collecting the wood. The time saved can
now be dedicated to health, education or income generating projects.
- The money saved by families on fuel expenses
can now be spent on health, education or new economic activities.
you would like any more information on this project or the various others visit
the Climate Friendly Projects Page here. Otherwise please
tell us how you see offsets forming part of your carbon management plan? We’d love to hear from you. Join in the
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ClimateFriendly on 18/04/2013 2:15:14 PM