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Voluntary Carbon Markets in Practice

Voluntary Carbon Markets in Practice

Nicola Steen

30 years: Emissions Trading Schemes

In this video, Nicola talks us through the three real-life stories of how the voluntary carbon market can be applied.

In this video, Nicola talks us through the three real-life stories of how the voluntary carbon market can be applied.

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Voluntary Carbon Markets in Practice

7 mins 45 secs

Key learning objectives:

  • Outline the early success stories of voluntary carbon markets

  • Outline the real-life stories of how the voluntary carbon market can be applied

Overview:

Companies and individuals are using their purchasing power to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond just the reduction of CO2, these projects are having real-world impacts on communities, improving health and having wider social benefits.

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Some real-life stories of how the voluntary carbon market can be applied

Jamaica

Eco-Tec Ltd in Jamaica wanted to bring an emissions reducing project online and create money from it. The plan was to replace bulbs in all of the large resorts across the country. Reducing electricity use wouldn't just have the benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduce the costs of foreign exchange. Natural Capital Partners, South Pole and Climate Care were working on growing the demand side of the market, acting as retailers for those who wanted to pay to buy Verified Emission Reductions.

Each lightbulb reduced half a tonne of CO2e over its lifetime and with the tens of thousands of light bulbs installed across Jamaica, over seven years 50,000tCO2e were saved. There are standards that acknowledge and track these benefits of emissions trading.

Chile

A Chilean company, Agrosuper, pioneered a project to capture methane from pig manure lagoons. Initially the captured gas was flared, converting it from methane to CO2, a relatively much less impactful gas. Over time, a biodigester was added and the methane used to generate power. As the project grew, the emissions saved grew, from around 150,000t CO2e a year to over 500,00tCO2E a year. It closed deals from 2002 to 2005, with buyers in Transalta in Canada, Mitsui in Japan and Macquarie Bank.

Tanzania

The Maasai Stove and Solar project in Tanzania is introducing more efficient, smoke-removing stoves to eliminate the pollutants created by indoor fires. Each stove reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 3.64 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year. 15 stoves contribute to saving a child's life due to the reduced air pollution inside people's homes. The project has also had the effect of empowering women - not only those trained and paid to install the stoves, but also those who are using the new stoves.

 

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Nicola Steen

Nicola Steen

Nicola Steen has been working on using market mechanisms to reduce levels of greenhouse gas emissions since 1989. She helped instigate the pan-industry and government discussions that led to the UK Emissions Trading Group and the first pan-economy emissions trading scheme in the world. Most recently, she is working again on the voluntary carbon markets, seeing new capital and attention moving towards bolstering sustainable solutions.

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