Carbon Offset Projects

Carbon offsetting is the process of compensating for co2 usage by funding projects that reduce co2 elsewhere in the world

the projects we are supporting at gompels

 

DARFUR COOKSTOVES 

The project replaces 3 stone fires with EzyStove® facilitating 40% in wood savings. The stove also reduces smoke particles that are harmful to the eyes and lungs by 70% as well as promotes other socio-economic benefits.

Context

During the last four decades Greater Darfur was severely hit by repetitive droughts and famines. These environmental incidents have caused massive population movements from the north to the south, within the State, and to other parts of the country, mainly central Sudan. The successive droughts and desertification have created unstable living conditions in the region. Furthermore, about one half of the total population of Darfur, or 3.45 million people, have been directly affected by the conflict that started in 2003, through violence, displacement and degraded livelihoods. Sudan is classified by the UN as a Least Developed Country (LDC).

Challenges

  • Heavy burden for women and girls who have to venture far from their home and travel up to 13 km three times a week to harvest the necessary fuel wood.
  • Increased conflict over scarce forest and tree resources; and unsustainable exploitation of forest resources.
  • The high cost of fuel wood and charcoal on the markets especially when used inefficiently.
  • Health and safety risks associated with cooking on traditional three-stone fires, which can generate toxic smokes, and fires.

Project Impact

  • Distributed around 5,000 stoves in 10 villages
  • Reduced approximately 20,000 tCO2e
  • Saved 13,000 tonnes of wood
  • Enabled many healthier and cleaner kitchens
  • Created savings and reduced the energy budget for every-single (100%) household participating in this project
  • Facilitated cooperation and provided an additional source of income through the recruitment of local communities for the stove assembly
  • Empowered women and strengthened their financial management capabilities

 

 

UGANDA BOREHOLE

The Borehole project is a micro project in Uganda, providing a source of clean drinking water to a local community.

The most basic requirement to sustain life is clean water. For many rural communities across Sub-Saharan Africa the struggle to find clean safe drinking water can take a major part of a family's resource. More often than not the burden falls to women and children to collect water often walking a great distance from home. Even then water drawn from pools or rivers is often contaminated with pollutants and potentially lethal bacteria that cause illness and infections, and so to make the water palatable and safe to drink it needs to be boiled. The project works with local communities to identify and repair the many broken boreholes in Uganda. As well as the natural health benefits it means that families no longer have to boil the water, saving firewood and thereby preventing carbon emissions from being released.

Context

The project is located primarily in the North Region of Uganda, within the Districts of Alebtong, Kole and Dokolo. Between 1987 and 2007 these region was heavily affected by the Lord’s Resistance Movement led by Joseph Kony. During that period, over two million people became displaced and it is estimated that over 20,000 children were abducted and forced into the army. This prolonged period of conflict has had serious consequences on all areas of life including education, health and economic development with poverty levels among the highest in the country. One of the major impacts of the war has also been a complete lack of investment in infrastructure particularly in the water sector. Approximately 60% of the people in the Districts do not have access to clean water and rely exclusively on open wells, lakes and other unprotected sources.

 

 

THAILAND WINDPOWER

The project generates clean electricity with utilization of wind energy. The project consists of 30 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) of 3.0 MW capacities each. The project WTGs are installed in the Nongwang sub district of Thepharak district Nakhonratchasima Province in Thailand.

The electricity generated by the project is exported to the Thailand National grid. The project activity will therefore displace an equivalent amount of electricity which would have otherwise been generated by fossil fuel dominant electricity grid. Since wind power has produces zero carbon emissions, the power generated will prevent the anthropogenic gas emissions generated by the dominant fossil fuel based thermal power stations comprising coal, natural gas, diesel, and bunker oil. The estimation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions by this project is limited to carbon dioxide (CO2) only. Thus the project activity leads to an emission reduction of 148,089 tCO2 per year or 1,480,890 tCO2 for the chosen crediting period of 10 years.

 

 

 

UK TREE PLANTING AND PROTECTING THE AMAZON

Planting is a great way to help sequester carbon emissions. Through photosynthesis trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood. By ensuring that the trees planted are native broad leaf species you can help to preserve the UK's environment and biodiversity. Planting takes place in school locations and other biodiversity sites. All trees are high quality cell grown 'whips' (year old saplings).

Project Impact

  • Provide wildlife habitats and support biodiversity
  • Plant native British trees
  • Enhance the natural UK landscape
  • Offset CO2 emissions

For every tree that you pledge, a tonne of carbon will also be saved in the Brazilian Amazon via our VCS avoided deforestation programme. In this way, you will be offsetting carbon, planting and protecting forests and biodiversity in 2 continents.

 

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