External Carbon Reduction Projects
The project has been verified by TÜV NORD and has been approved and issued by the Verified Carbon Standard. This project benefits from strong local sustainable development contributions, and won the Thailand Energy Award in 2008. It provides a new additional source of income to the local farmers (the rice husks are sourced within a 14km radius of the project site). Excess rice husk ash represents an additional revenue stream for the project through commercial sale and export. The resulting ash is provided to free-of-charge to local farmers to improve the soil quality.
The project is a small-scale wind farm located in the Maharashtra region of India. The Wind Turbine Generators displaces the fossil fuel generated energy from India's National Grid. The project consists of 17 wind turbine generators. The project has created job opportunities to the local population during erection and operation of the wind farms, contributing in poverty alleviation of the local community and development of basic amenities to community.
The project uses biomass waste material from local wood and paper waste to fuel a boiler and turbine. This replaces the original oil fired boilers and reduces the plants electricity consumption from the grid. The installation of the biomass boiler produces steam from wood biomass residues which are a by-product of the paper production process. These residues are then burned in the boiler to produce high pressure steam which is then used to create electricity. The project is certified by the Verified Carbon Standard.
The project is a small-scale hydro project located on the Wutuhe River in Guizhou Province, China. The total capacity of the project is 7.5MW, consisting of three 2.5MW turbines. The project promotes local development, decreases the environment pollution, and has bought employment opportunities for the area. The installation of the hydro unit has lead to an improvement in road connectivity in the areas and an improvement in traffic condition. There is also an increase in the business opportunities for the local people in establishing small shops and allied activities.
The Kasigau Wildlife Corridor lies between the Tsavo East National Park and the Tsavo West National Parks to the East of the Marungu range. The land within the project boundary has been tropical dryland forest for at least 20 years and has been a primary forest since recorded times. This project uses carbon financing based on the sequestration of carbon dioxide within the forest timbers and soils. Protecting these areas not only absorbs atmospheric CO2 but prevents additional release from soil erosion and degradation.
In addition to an extensive reforestation and outplanting program many activities have been put in place across to the project area to take pressure off the scarce resources and generate alternative incomes for the local communities. These include; Organic clothing factory, organic greenhouse / nursery, Jojoba cash-crop development, farmland co-op establishment, ranger patrol recruiting and expansion for leakage area, sustainable charcoal project, forest/biodiversity monitoring program, Ecotourism centre, school construction and a bursary scheme
Up to the 1960s, the region was populated by natural high forest. However years of consistent deforestation and lack of land management has resulted in the area being rendered useless and consequently abandoned, with the area being subjected to severe degradation of the vegetation and soil erosion. The project contributes to climate change mitigation by sequestering greenhouse gas emissions in sinks through the planting of indigenous tree species and assisted natural regeneration activities.
The purpose of the project activity is to realize multiple socio-economic and environmental benefits (climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, local community development and soil erosion control) through restoring forest vegetation on degraded lands.
Social & Community Benefits
- Employment opportunities are being provided bringing direct benefits to those surrounding the park.
- Income generating opportunities will also be created by encouraging the establishment of seedling nurseries to supply the project.