Voluntary offset projects cover a variety of technologies, locations and methodologies, which can be daunting for newcomers to the market. EEM classifies projects into 4 categories in order to help our clients identify the areas of climate action that align most closely with their sustainability strategy.
Comprehensive validation and verification procedures ensure that every project is generating genuine emission reductions, with monitoring performed on a regular basis by independent auditors and third-parties.
Landfill gas recovery, China
Pioneering resource efficiency project reducing carbon at scale
This project aims to recover and utilise landfill gas generated at a municipal solid waste facility. The collected gas is used for electricity production. Over a 10 year period the project is forecast to replace in excess of 115,000 MWh of electricity that would otherwise be generated via fossil fuel combustion. It is a hugely successful exhibit of low-carbon development:
- reducing over 20,000 tons of methane a year, a climate pollutant 40 times more potent in its climatic impact than carbon dioxide
- creating stable, skilled employment in a developing region of China; and
- showcasing landfill gas recovery technology in the world’s second largest national economy
Wind energy, Turkey
Renewables spur green growth at crossroads of Europe and Asia
Wind energy is becoming increasingly common in Europe and North America, however new wind projects face many obstacles in a country where domestic policies for renewable energy are still in development. Nevertheless, persistent developers are using carbon offset finance to successfully develop onshore wind farms such as this one. These projects not only reduce carbon emissions, but also help to:
- create local employment;
- reduce local pollution associated with fossil fuel electricity generation; and
- facilitate links between offset buyers and wind project developers which encourage further growth for the sector
Clean cooking, India
Household technology to improve climate, health and livelihoods
Firewood holds huge importance in India, where 95% of rural households rely on wood as their main cooking fuel. New cleaner cooking stoves are supplied at a subsidised rate in order to ensure accessibility for those families unfamiliar with the technology. Each stove is designed and produced locally, providing much needed training and employment to the region.
Activities here save 1000s of tonnes of carbon each year while also:
- delivering reductions in household air pollution and improving respiratory health
- saving families money by lowering their fuel expenditure; and
- reducing pressure on local forests by lowering total demand for firewood
Forest protection, Brazil
Development and conservation in the heart of the Amazon
This project comprises nearly 90,000 hectares of Amazonian rain-forest in which commercial wood extraction is banned and the rich biodiversity of this region is allowed to thrive. Financing rain-forest protection is the perfect way to offset carbon at scale while forging enduring relationships with the traditional stewards of this diverse ecosystem.
Activities here will save an estimated 4 million tonnes of carbon over a 30 year lifespan, as well as:
- assisting local communities to develop alternative income sources though education;
- developing local jobs;
- providing access to finance; and
- incentivizing the ongoing protection of local flora and fauna in a mega-diverse rain-forest