Winds of Change
Renewable Energy | India, China & Turkey
Certification | VCS / GSC
Located across India, wind farms introduce clean energy to the grid which would otherwise be generated by a coal-fired power station. Wind power is clean in two ways: it produces no emissions and also avoids the local air pollutants associated with fossil fuels. Electricity availability in the regions has been improved, reducing the occurrence of blackouts across the area.
The projects support national energy security and strengthen India’s rural electrification coverage. In constructing the turbines new roads were built, improving accessibility for locals. The boost in local employment by people engaged as engineers, maintenance technicians, 24-hour on-site operators and security guards also boosted local economies and village services.
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) | South America, Oceana, Africa
Certification | VCS
Projects across South America, Oceania and Africa protect millions of hectares of native forests which secure wildlife habitat and support local communities. For example, projects across Peru protect large, in-tact expanse of rainforest that would otherwise be cleared, preventing the release of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Protecting the forests secures the carbon stored within the organic matter.
These projects diversify landholder income and put a value on retaining the forests by supporting sustainable agroforestry including cocoa and coffee production. In addition to reducing emissions, protecting rainforests secures vital habit
Efficient Cookstoves | Asia, Africa, South America
Certification | VCS
In emerging economies, a significant percentage of energy needs, especially for cooking, are met by the burning of wood, sourced through the unsustainable logging of native forests. The smoke from traditional wood fires presents significant respiratory, heart and eye problems particularly for women and children who are responsible for preparing meals. These offset projects distribute clean, efficient stoves that slow down the combustion of wood, significantly improving indoor air quality, reducing health risks as well as the time required to collect firewood.
Local stove producers and distributors have been engaged to develop a commercialised supply chain, creating local employment and training. The new stoves feature improved design and insulation whilst remaining intentionally similar to traditional cooking methods.