Sustainability Beyond Carbon

clean water, macaws, health, lioness and cub, education, orangutan, firewood

Education, schools, training, employment

Governance, community, land tenure, indigenous peoples

Equality, empowerment, safety, time saving, women, children

Indoor air pollution, polluted water, particulates, pneumonia, soot

Health clinics, injury reduction, WASH, water-borne disease, diarrhea

Pro-poor, reduced poverty, micro-enterprises, economic opportunities, eco-tourism

Food security, sustainable land management, agroforestry, non-timber forest products

Biodiversity, habitat protection, critically endangered, iconic species, anti-poaching, endemic

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To address the

overwhelming need to rapidly, significantly improve the sustainability of development worldwide

combined with the

urgent, growing need to stop climate change

 

Carbon offsets – creating significant sustainable development outcomes

 

Carbon offset projects provide multiple benefits, improving sustainability beyond just the carbon

Sustainability co-benefits often equal or exceed those of the carbon reduction activity

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Beyond Neutral offers a range of sustainability outcomes from exciting and inspiring projects

Renewable Energy

Access to Electricity

Nearly 800 million people do not have access to electricity today, now

wind turbines on top of mountain
Wind turbines on top of a mountain
Solar cooker heating a pot
Solar cooker heating a pot

Add to these people, all those who live in areas where demand outstrips supply, leading to “brown-outs” and black-outs

Imagine the impact to the lives of people who have no or poor electricity supplies, when electricity is made available

  • without carbon finance these projects would not be viable
  • the climate benefit (emissions not released into the atmosphere) is just one aspect of the benefits

 

Renewable energy projects replace energy sourced from fossil fuels, or unsustainably extracted forest biomass

 

Utility scale projects

  • reduce outdoor air pollution by avoiding emissions of NOx, SOx and particulates
  • create employment during construction and operation
  • reduce energy demand/ supply gap

Reliable electricity supplies

  • enable new economic activities to develop (i.e. tourism, village industries),
  • provide greater access to educational resources
  • improve village life

Clean heating sources

  • save lives by reducing indoor air pollution
  • save money from not needing to buy fuel
  • save time for women and children who collect the fuel

Cookstoves and Safe Water

Improving Living Conditions

Firewood, charcoal and other polluting fuels are needed each day by 2.6 billion people for cooking

Traditional cooking arrangements are often rudimentary, the most basic consisting of 3 stones with a fire in between and the cooking pot balanced on top

Traditional stoves are inefficient and smoky

Fuelwood or charcoal extracted from surrounding forest is inefficiently burnt in these stoves, creating smoke and using a lot of fuel

According to the World Health Organisation,

  • nearly 4 million people die prematurely from household air pollution
  • Almost 50% of pneumonia deaths in kids under 5 years are caused by breathing soot
Traditional stove with smoke in the air
Traditional stove with smoke in the air

Cookstove projects typically have at their core a program of manufacturing and/or supplying more efficient cookstoves, providing these improved stoves to the people in the project’s area (local, regional or national scale), either free or at a subsidised price

Untreated surface water like lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are relied upon by 144 million people for their water

dirty water being collected
Dirty water being collected for use in the household - 2.2 billion people don't have access to safe water

Safe Water means access to an improved water source on site, available when needed and free from contamination

  • globally, one-in-four people do not have access to safe drinking water

Unsafe water sources are responsible for 1,200,000 deaths each year

  • 6% of deaths are caused by unsafe water in low-income countries

(World Health Organisation)

Safe water projects provide water supplies that are safe to use without the need to boil the water using firewood/ charcoal extracted from local forests and range in size from domestic water filtration up to the provision of working water bores

Cookstove projects reduce the amount of fuel needed to cook or boil water

Safe Water projects eliminate the need to boil water

 

Cookstoves and Safe Water Projects

  • reduce the considerable time, effort and risk of injury or violence while collecting fuel
  • provide increased time for other tasks, education, employment and economic activity
  • decrease the degradation of local forests and the associated impacts on biodiversity
  • improve indoor air quality and drinking water supplies
  • help improve health and safety, especially for women and children
  • create employment directly by using local people to implement the project
  • actively work to improve gender equality and women’s empowerment
children walking to get water
Millions of children and women walk over 15 minutes to get to clean water

Forest Based Projects

Protect Biodiversity, Support Community

Each year between 2015 and 2020, 10 million hectares were deforested

REDD+ projects reduce emissions, empower communities and support biodiversity

Standing forest contains vast stores of carbon in the trees and soil

These vast carbon stores, the biodiversity they contain and the communities that rely on them are under imminent threat from deforestation and degradation

REDD+ projects are located where deforestation and/or forest degradation is actively occurring and where it is expected to severely impact the standing forest into the future

 

Projects on the deforestation frontier act to protect the forest from being lost

River and Rainforest, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia
River and Rainforest, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia

Where forests have not been degraded, people have enjoyed greater protection from natural disasters such as flooding and landslides. In coastal areas, mangroves can protect against storms and waves. Healthy forests also reduce vulnerability, offering food, shelter, medicine, and livelihood support to some of the world’s poorest people.

(FAO)

Forest-based projects protect, restore or enhance ecosystems

Deforestation in Para, Brazil
Deforestation in Para, Brazil

REDD+ projects, while avoiding emissions from forest loss

  • transform local forest-based economies and sustain communities
  • improve social equity and resilience
  • help community and infrastructure development
  • protect biodiversity and enhance ecosystem functions
  • maintain traditional customs and lifestyles
  • establishing a monetary value for keeping the standing forest as opposed to chopping it down

Sustainability Beyond Carbon - Renewable Energy

Solar Cookers, China

GS 7606, China (Henan Province)

Solar Cookers

49,000 solar cookers using the sun instead of coal to cook food

 

 

  • enables rural households to partly and efficiently substitute solar energy for the coal used in daily cooking and water boiling
  • less smoke is generated resulting in better indoor air quality and improved health
  • all of the materials and facilities engaged in the project are produced domestically
  • ensures affordable access to energy
  • households consume less coal and reduce their costs in purchasing coal, alleviating economic pressures on local residents
  • households do not need to pay for the solar cookers which are distributed to them for free as a part of the project, overcoming a barrier to their uptake
  • created 15 local jobs and provided training
  • helping stimulate the development of solar thermal energy
  • creates more technology and knowledge-based employment with good working conditions, a significant improvement on local employment options

Household Biogas, China

GS 2664, China (Hainan Province)

Household Biogas

15,555 households equipped with biodigester to replace old coal fired stoves.  Biogas use reduces methane from manure, improves indoor air quality and saves the household money

  • recovery and utilization of biogas reduces uncontrolled methane emissions that would otherwise occur
  • promotes changed manure management practices to prevent the uncontrolled methane emissions
  • significantly decreases production of smoke while cooking, reducing indoor air pollution
  • increased employment for the local people through the construction of methane pools and follow-up service
  • improves the living and cooking conditions and the health of the local people
  • popularizes a practical energy technology and improve quality of life for participants
  • reduces expenditure on coal, improving the finances of the poor

Wind, India

VCS 292, India (Gujarat)

Wind

150 MW wind farm with 100 turbines generating approximately over 348 GWh per year

  • project helps meet Gujarat’s electricity demand which is growing quickly, with a significant supply/ demand gap existing
  • improves the local grid’s power characteristics, improving reliability and usability
  • reduces India’s reliance on foreign sourced fuels and local fossil fuels
  • reduces local air pollution including NOx, SOx and particulates
  • helps alleviate poverty through employment generation
  • improves economic activities as a result of strengthening the local grid
  • infrastructure in and around the project area has been improved, including development of the road network
  • leads to economic investment in a developing region which otherwise would not have happened

Sustainability Beyond Carbon - Cookstoves and Safe Water

Safe Water (Filtration), Kenya

GS 886, Kenya

Safe Water (filtration)

Household gravity fed water filters reduce waterborne diseases. No need to boil drinking water using forest fuels

 

  • each unit able to supply a family of five with microbiologically clean drinking water for three years
  • the water filters treat contaminated drinking water
  • saves 1.5 million tonnes of wood from being burned each year
  • slowing deforestation among Kenya’s dwindling woodland
  • helping maintain Kenya’s biodiversity
  • reduces incidence of waterborne diseases achieving a statistically significant reduction in the odds of diarrhoea, dysentery and severe dehydration among under-5’s using it exclusively
  • women and children spend less time gathering and carrying firewood
  • reduces their exposure to poor air quality from burning firewood to heat water

Safe Water (Boreholes), Senegal

GS 6443, Senegal

Safe Water (Borehole Rehabilitation)

4 solar powered water supply and/or purification systems provide 3,269 people with clean drinking water, reducing fuelwood used for boiling water

  • clean, safe water is piped into drinking water “fountains” in each village
  • reduces the local use of boiling for water purification reduces the degradation pressure on surrounding forests
  • helps maintain carbon stocks in the environment
  • helps maintain biodiversity in forested areas
  • improves the hygiene, social, economic and environmental issues related to the water cycle in rural areas
  • reduces indoor air pollution from boiling water using unsustainably harvested fuels
  • avoids many health problems linked to the use of unsafe drinking water like diarrhoea, intestinal infections and parasites
  • helps raise awareness among the local population about hygiene
  • water, sanitation and health related campaign occurs once a year

Cookstoves, Nigeria

GS 7312, Nigeria

Cookstoves

Over 164,000 efficient, improved cookstoves reduce charcoal use

  • provides relief from high fuel costs as it is 35-50% more fuel-efficient than traditional stoves
  • less fuel is burnt more efficiently, helping curb forest degradation and improving indoor air quality
  • decreases the time and energy necessary to collect fuelwood and is faster to cook with
  • design protects family members from burns and accidents common to open-air fires
  • contributes to gender equality and empowerment of women as they are the project’s driving force
  • women participated in the cookstove’s design
  • They are empowered with new information, new skills and new status in their community as well as gaining an asset of value, the improved cookstove
  • project is actively engaging women to participate; they are the majority participants in stakeholder consultation meetings

Sustainability Beyond Carbon - Forest-based Projects

REDD+, Cambodia

VCS 1748, Cambodia

REDD+

CCB Gold: Climate, Biodiversity

Protects >445,000 ha and 17 endangered and critically endangered species

  • protects these forest habitats from fragmentation and destruction
  • prevents poaching and illegal logging
  • Supporting communities and nearly 4000 families
  • provides training, employment and economic opportunities
  • addresses food security
  • improves health and education facilities.
  • community employed in anti-poaching units that patrol the project area
  • critical habitat for 17 endangered and critically endangered species

REDD+, Malawi

VCS 1168, Malawi

REDD+

CCB Gold: Climate, Community, Biodiversity

Protects >169,000 ha, over 600 species – lions, elephants, antelopes

  • protected areas have high biodiversity values
  • habitat for iconic African species (mammals and reptiles), over 160 bird species and 215 orchid species
  • a pro-poor approach to community-based sustainable forest management
  • empowers more than 45,000 households (over 800 villages) within the surrounding 10 km
  • strengthening land-tenure and governance
  • undertaking forest protection activities like patrolling
  • helping reduce fuelwood use and creating alternatives
  • developing local enterprises based on sustainably harvested non-timber forest products like honey and coffee

REDD+, Brazil

VCS 1953, Brazil

REDD+

CCB Gold: Climate

Protects >53,000 ha of Amazon forest, home to 8 plant and 19 animal species on IUCN’s Red List

  • provided the first stage of land tenure processes to over 200 different households in the region
  • allows forest regeneration by reducing the area of cassava and focusing on alternative crops with a smaller footprint
  • provided a one-on-one course for agroforestry systems
  • 350 energy efficient cookstoves provided to all riverine people in the project areas
  • efficient cookstoves also provided to villagers within the project boundary and nearby, for cooking and cassava production
  • protects habitat of two critically endangered primates, the endangered Giant Otter and other threatened mammals including the Giant Anteater, Giant Armadillo and the Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)
  • habitat for many bird, amphibian and fish species endemic to the Eastern Amazon

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