7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Gathering 6000 persons together, the EDD engender a considerable ecological footprint estimated at 5000 tonnes of CO2. This year again, the European Development Days will largely compensate this through the financing of concrete projects that will reduce the CO2 emissions by 7390 metric tonnes! Each organised session or stand contributes to one of the next four projects. Organisers may chose a different project but it must have one of the internationally recognised certificates.

Carbon Offset 2017

Gathering 6000 persons together, the EDD engender a considerable ecological footprint estimated at 5000 tonnes of CO2. This year again, the European Development Days will largely compensate this through the financing of concrete projects that will reduce the CO2 emissions by 7390 metric tonnes! Each organised session or stand contributes to one of the next four projects. Organisers may chose a different project but it must have one of the internationally recognised certificates.

Carbon Offset 2017

Carbon Offset 2017

Gathering 6000 persons together, the EDD engender a considerable ecological footprint estimated at 5000 tonnes of CO2. This year again, the European Development Days will largely compensate this through the financing of concrete projects that will reduce the CO2 emissions by 7390 metric tonnes! Each organised session or stand contributes to one of the next four projects. Organisers may chose a different project but it must have one of the internationally recognised certificates.

Climate Care

68% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from woody biomass. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change. Demand for wood fuel and charcoal also leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces carbon uptake by forests.

Improving Life for women and girls - Kenya

Climate Care

68% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from woody biomass. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change. Demand for wood fuel and charcoal also leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces carbon uptake by forests.

Improving Life for women and girls - Kenya

Improving Life for women and girls - Kenya

Climate Care

68% of Kenya’s primary household energy still comes from woody biomass. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, leading to air pollution and contributing to climate change. Demand for wood fuel and charcoal also leads to deforestation, devastates biodiversity, reduces habitat for endangered species and reduces carbon uptake by forests.

The market leading ‘Jikokoa’ stove, produced by manufacturer ‘Burn’, dramatically reduces fuel consumption, and hence diminishes the negative environmental and social impacts of cooking. The Jikokoa meets ISO/IWA ‘Tier 4 criteria’, notably in its reduction of PM2.5 – particulate matter that is extremely damaging to health, irritating the eyes and causing respiratory diseases. Its innovative ‘natural draft’ technology reduces fuel consumption and cooking time by up to 50%, freeing up income which would have otherwise been spent on fuel. In 2015, Burn’s innovative design was recognised by the internationally renowned Ashden sustainability awards, winning the ‘Clean Energy for Women and Girls’ category. Burn manufactures all of its Jikokoa stoves in its solar powered Nairobi factory, which provides over 100 skilled local jobs – half of which are occupied by women – bringing investment to the local community.

My Climate

In this community-based reforestation initiative in the Platanares watershed in the municipality of San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, smallholder farming families collaborate to reforest under-utilised portions of their land. Thanks to better land-use management and more sustainable use of forest resources the forest cover of the nearby watershed will be increased and the quality of life of Limay residents will be improved.

Community reforestation - Nicaragua

My Climate

In this community-based reforestation initiative in the Platanares watershed in the municipality of San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, smallholder farming families collaborate to reforest under-utilised portions of their land. Thanks to better land-use management and more sustainable use of forest resources the forest cover of the nearby watershed will be increased and the quality of life of Limay residents will be improved.

Community reforestation - Nicaragua

Community reforestation - Nicaragua

My Climate

In this community-based reforestation initiative in the Platanares watershed in the municipality of San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, smallholder farming families collaborate to reforest under-utilised portions of their land. Thanks to better land-use management and more sustainable use of forest resources the forest cover of the nearby watershed will be increased and the quality of life of Limay residents will be improved.

Land use planning around watersheds is a key supporting activity; the project area includes one of the most critical watersheds in the municipality of San Juan de Limay, which suffers from seasonal water shortages and flooding. Increased forest cover will retain water through the dry season and minimise flooding in the rainy season. The project will also distribute fuel-efficient fireplaces equipped with chimneys that reduce smoke in the household, generating health benefits, particularly for women.

The project addresses the causes of deforestation, ensures direct, ongoing community involvement and technical training, and provides financial benefits for participants throughout the project. This occurs through payments for ecosystem services (PES) and income from timber and sustainable forest products. As a result, this multi-faceted approach will reduce forest degradation by easing pressure on surrounding natural forest while at the same time sequester quantifiable volumes of CO2 from the atmosphere and improve the environmental and socio-economic conditions of families located in the community of San Juan de Limay.

 

Climate Neutral Group

This small-scale project bundles five ceramic factories, producing ceramic bricks, tiles and construction blocks, destined mainly for the regional market in the metropolitan area of Fortaleza. The project reduces the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions through the substitution of non-renewable biomass (tropical wood) with renewable biomass to generate thermal energy. 

Ceara Biomas fuel switch - Brazil

Climate Neutral Group

This small-scale project bundles five ceramic factories, producing ceramic bricks, tiles and construction blocks, destined mainly for the regional market in the metropolitan area of Fortaleza. The project reduces the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions through the substitution of non-renewable biomass (tropical wood) with renewable biomass to generate thermal energy. 

Ceara Biomas fuel switch - Brazil

Ceara Biomas fuel switch - Brazil

Climate Neutral Group

This small-scale project bundles five ceramic factories, producing ceramic bricks, tiles and construction blocks, destined mainly for the regional market in the metropolitan area of Fortaleza. The project reduces the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions through the substitution of non-renewable biomass (tropical wood) with renewable biomass to generate thermal energy. 

The renewable biomass consists of cashew nut shells, residues from cashew tree, coconut husk and wood from sustainable forest management. Most of this would otherwise be left to rot and with that, produce large amounts of methane - a greenhouse gas 21x stronger than Co2.

Strong efforts are also put into improving the conditions for the local workers and their families. This includes donations to local community schools and churches, protection equipment including boots, gloves, masks and hearing protectors are provided to all employees,  sanitary improvements in the factories and in the surrounding communities etc. The main goal of the project is to minimize the negative impacts of deforestation to obtain firewood and to reduce GHG emissions which contribute to climate change. Parallel it helps promote renewable energy in the region, it mitigates atmospheric pollution and it improves the quality of employment for the ceramic workers.

Carbon Footprint

The project activity is a new facility aiming to generate clean renewable energy by utilising wind power. It involves the installation, operation and maintenance of 40 Wind Turbines, each with a capacity of 2MW. The total installed capacity of the project is 80 MW. The generated electricity is exported to the regional grid system which is under the operation of the NEWNE grid of India. 

Wind Base Power Generation - India

Carbon Footprint

The project activity is a new facility aiming to generate clean renewable energy by utilising wind power. It involves the installation, operation and maintenance of 40 Wind Turbines, each with a capacity of 2MW. The total installed capacity of the project is 80 MW. The generated electricity is exported to the regional grid system which is under the operation of the NEWNE grid of India. 

Wind Base Power Generation - India

Wind Base Power Generation - India

Carbon Footprint

The project activity is a new facility aiming to generate clean renewable energy by utilising wind power. It involves the installation, operation and maintenance of 40 Wind Turbines, each with a capacity of 2MW. The total installed capacity of the project is 80 MW. The generated electricity is exported to the regional grid system which is under the operation of the NEWNE grid of India. 

In this process there is no consumption of any fossil fuel and hence the project does not lead to any greenhouse gas emissions. Meaning the electricity is generated through a sustainable means without causing any negative impact on the environment.

The power produced displaces an equivalent amount of power from the grid, which is fed mainly by fossil fuel fired power plants. The estimated annual emission reductions caused by this project is expected to be 136,936 tonnes of CO2. The total emission reductions for the 10 year crediting period will be 1,369,360 tonnes of CO2. As well as helping to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere the project also provides employment opportunities to the local community, reduces the energy demand - supply gap, and demonstrates the technology to encourage other similar projects.

EDD 2016 carbon offset key figures projects

EDD 2016 carbon offset key figures projects

EDD 2016 carbon offset key figures projects

EDD 2016 Carbon Offsetting certificates

EDD 2016 Carbon Offsetting certificates

EDD 2016 Carbon Offsetting certificates

Update on EDD 2015 Carbon Offset Projects

Update on EDD 2015 Carbon Offset Projects

Update on EDD 2015 Carbon Offset Projects

Choco-Darién Conservation Corridor (Forest management – Colombia)

In 2015, the EDD contributed to offset 2,009 tCO2 through this project. This contribution also makes it possible to protect 13,465 hectares of tropical rainforest in one of the most biologically diverse places on earth – the Darién region in northwest Colombia.

Restored Water Infrastructure (water access & management - Uganda & Malawi)

In 2015, the EDD helped improve water sources in rural areas in Africa, saving 1,984 tCO2 in Uganda and 1,882 tCO2 in Malawi.

Wind Power in Nicaragua (Wind energy – Nicaragua)

In 2015, the EDD supported the work of the Amayo wind farm on the shores of Lake Nicaragua and helped offset 1,653 tCO2.

National Biodigester Programme (biomass fuel switch – Cambodia)

In 2015, the EDD supported a biogas programme in Cambodia, which enabled the construction of more than 200 biogas installations. This avoided 964 tCO2 emissions and represents a saving of 400 tons of fuel wood or 10,000 litres of kerosene.