{"status":"ok","projects":[{"no":"300758","name":"Za Hung Hydropower","description":"The Za Hung Hydropower Plant has two turbines with a total installed capacity of 30 MW and an annual output of over 120,000 MWh. The plant provides clean electricity to about 19,870 homes and helps the country to meet its growing energy demands. By offsetting the grid with clean electricity, the use of coal-fuel is reduced and as a result, less greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. ","context":"Power consumption in Vietnam has been growing by about 15 percent annually for the last several years. Unfortunately, the predominant use of coal-fired electricity generation contributes to a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions and poor air quality for inhabitants in the areas where these energy plants exist. Hydropower is part of a plan the Vietnamese government has developed to increase access to clean electricity for its population.","benefits":"The project supports sustainable development in the region by creating stable well-paid jobs for locals and offering on-going training opportunities in health and safety and plant operations. In addition to the fund for flood-affected households, the project annually donates money to support disadvantaged people in the commune. Thanks to the Za Hung project, local communities are benefiting from improved electricity, drainage, roads, and better air quality. ","country":"Vietnam","technology":"Hydro","price":18,"standard":"cer, gscer, gsver, gs4ggver, vcu","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300990","name":"Kariba Forest Protection","description":"The Kariba Project protects almost 785,000 hectares of forests and wildlife on the southern shores of Lake Kariba, near the Zimbabwe-Zambia border. One of the largest registered REDD+ projects by the area, it connects four national parks and eight safari reserves, forming a giant biodiversity corridor that protects an expansive forest and numerous vulnerable and endangered species \u2013 including the African elephant, lion, hippo, lappet-faced vulture, and southern ground hornbill. As well as this, the project implements numerous community-focused initiatives detailed below.","context":"In recent decades, Zimbabwe has suffered from political and economic turbulence. With limited economic opportunities, desperate communities have delved deeper into the forests, clearing it for subsistence farming and fuelwood. More than a third of Zimbabwe\u2019s majestic forests have been lost. Creating further instability for people with already precarious livelihoods.","benefits":"Kariba is a community-based project, administered by the four local Rural District Councils (RDCs) of Binga, Nyaminyami, Hurungwe and Mbire. As such, the project supports a range of activities beyond environmental protection, promoting the independence and wellbeing of these communities. Improved clinic amenities provide better healthcare, infrastructure including new roads and boreholes improve daily life, and school subsidies are offered to the poorest quartile of the population. Project activities in conservation agriculture, community gardens, beekeeping training, fire management, and ecotourism create jobs and facilitate sustainable incomes, benefiting the entire region.","country":"Zimbabwe","technology":"REDD+","price":20.4,"standard":"vcu, vcuccbs","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"302292","name":"Afognak Island Forest Preservation","description":"On North Afognak Island, 40 miles from Kodiak City, the Afognak Forest Carbon project area comprises 8,219 acres of low elevation, coastal temperate rainforests. The project prevents carbon emissions by protecting these forests from logging in the baseline scenario. From 2005-2009 the American Land Conservancy (ALC) and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) acquired the project properties previously managed for timber production for conservation in perpetuity. 15% of productive land in the area, subjected to clear-cut logging since the 1980s, had been left to regenerate naturally, with little success. The remaining unlogged areas remain covered by native, old-growth 200-year-old Sitka Spruce forests, lakes, wetlands and small streams.","context":"Afognak, the second-largest island on the Kodiak Archipelago off Alaskas southern coast, is home to wildlife such as the huge Kodiak brown bear and many fish, including rainbow trout, Arctic char, and five species of Pacific salmon. However evidence of a pervasive timber industry scars Afognak, marring its otherwise pristine wilderness landscape.","benefits":"The Afognak Forest Carbon project enhances biodiversity, water, and all attributes of the local environment by retaining and protecting the existing forest as an intact, fully-functioning ecosystem. Project management is also low impact, focusing on salvage, restoration and preventative management on small areas annually. Moreover, while the project has a 30-year crediting period, its ancient forests will be protected forever.","country":"United States","technology":"REDD+","price":30,"standard":"vcu","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300494","name":"Huoshui Small Hydropower","description":"Hu\u00f3shu\u012d Small Hydropower consists of 88 small hydropower plants. The small-scale plants range in capacity from 0.1 to 14 MW, and together supply enough renewable energy to power over half a million average Chinese homes each year. Their run-of-river design allows them to do so with minimal environmental impact. The cost of developing hydropower plants in remote locations is a significant barrier to construction, so this project would not be possible without the revenue generated by carbon credits.","context":"The powerful rivers of China\u2019s mountainous areas can be harnessed to generate electricity for its remote communities and the wider region, but even small-scale hydroelectric power plants require substantial investment to set up and run. The project is channelling vital carbon finance into developing renewable energy infrastructure in rural, underserved regions, at a time when a large part of China\u2019s growing energy demands is being met with fossil-fuel based power stations.","benefits":"Hu\u00f3shu\u012d Grouped Small Hydropower is diversifying China\u2019s energy sector and stabilizing the energy supply to avoid blackouts. This energy security is beneficial both to new local industries and households who are increasingly able to switch from wood-fired to electric stoves, improving their daily life. The project provides local employment opportunities in power plant construction and operation, helping to alleviate regional poverty and funds social initiatives in cooperation with local organisations. This includes disaster relief funds and educational programmes, such as those aimed at improving the lives of children whose parents have migrated to the cities for work.","country":"China","technology":"Hydro","price":13.2,"standard":"vcu, vcusc","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300190","name":"Changbin and Taichung Wind","description":"This project harnesses the strong prevailing winds along Taiwan\u2019s west coast. The wind farms consist of 62 wind turbines that generate over 480,000 MWh of clean power on average each year, which is supplied to the local electricity grid.","context":"Despite strong coastal winds along its shoreline, the island of Taiwan remains heavily reliant on fossil fuels, which make up over 75% of its total installed electricity capacity. Shifting towards sustainable energy is vital for Taiwan\u2019s national security, and its economic and environmental prosperity.","benefits":"As well as contributing to global climate change mitigation efforts through emission reductions, the project is engaged in several activities that help to preserve the local ecosystem such as regular beach clean ups and guided tours that raise awareness about climate change, pollution and other environmental issues. The project has also supported the reforestation of 2,400 m2 of land, which is encouraging local biodiversity.","country":"Taiwan","technology":"Wind Onshore","price":18,"standard":"gsver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300259","name":"Everbright Landfill Gas Recovery","description":"To keep methane from damaging our climate and to make use of its potential as a sustainable energy source, this project has set up a landfill gas collection system to manage both solid waste disposal and local energy supply in a sustainable way. The landfill is covered, and via wells and pipes the captured methane is then fed into gas processing systems and finally burnt in four incineration units, each with an installed capacity of 1.25 MW. In the end, the generated electricity is fed into the grid to supply the inhabitants of Suzhou with clean, non-fossil energy.","context":"In China, more than 80% of total electricity is generated from coal-based power plants. With China\u2019s growing cities and economies, not only is the supply of energy and goods becoming a logistical challenge, but so is its disposal and the implications of growing landfill. One example of this issue is the decomposition of organic materials in landfills, which generates large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than CO2.","benefits":"Beyond contributing to climate action, this project benefits local communities in a range of ways. The project has created 20 regular employment positions in the plant operation and during the construction period, up to 54 people were employed. The project owner offers jobs for local people and all workers receive regular training. Trained local employees had the opportunity to exchange experiences with representatives from Australia and New Zealand, to learn from each other and support international technology exchange. The project owner has also provided funding for a Master course of Engineering with the School of Environmental Science and Engineering of Qinghua and a scholarship program for the local business school to support higher education in the region.","country":"China","technology":"Landfill gas (LFG)","price":18,"standard":"gsver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300344","name":"Prony Wind Power","description":"This project involves six wind farms located in two different sites, Kafeate and Prony, on the island of New Caledonia. The sites were installed by the company Aerowatt and consist of 116 wind turbines providing a total capacity of 31 MW with an estimated yearly production of 40 GWh of electricity which is then exported to the New Caledonian grid. The project, therefore, replaces grid electricity that is 80% produced by fossil-fuel power plants.","context":"The Pacific islands region, including New Caledonia, faces increasing environmental and socioeconomic pressures exacerbated by global climate change and climate variability. Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), small island developing states are recognized as being particularly vulnerable to climate change. Pacific island countries are already severely affected by climate variability and extremes, and they remain extremely vulnerable to future changes.","benefits":"By reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in electricity generation, this project makes a significant contribution to climate action both in New Caledonia and globally. Air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particles resulting from the electricity generation from fossil fuels are reduced. The project has boosted local small economies by creating local employment during both the construction and operational phases, also stimulating technology and know-how transfer. In addition, it proves the viability of sustainable development in a vulnerable island nation, promoting climate awareness and future climate action for the pacific island region. ","country":"New Caledonia","technology":"Wind Onshore","price":18,"standard":"gsver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300303","name":"Clean Tech for the Steel Industry","description":"Waste gas from the blast furnaces and coke ovens at the Antai steel mill is captured and used to generate electricity, which is then recycled for the plants use. The project improves local air quality by avoiding uncontrolled gas emissions, and a modernised water cooling system considerably reduces the water consumption of the plant.","context":"This project is located in Shanxi Province, also known as China's coal pit as it contains roughly one third of the country's total coal deposits. Shanxi is also home to some of the most polluted cities in the world and faces grave environmental problems, which could severely impact its growing economy and the health of inhabitants. Air pollution levels are particularly concerning, and rivers are also heavily contaminated with wastewater from the surrounding industry.","benefits":"More than 150 new jobs for the local community have been created in plant operations, with all employees receiving technical training and wages above Chinese standards. The project benefits also extend to local communities, with programmes offering financial support for older residents and university scholarships for students.","country":"China","technology":"Waste gas recovery","price":18,"standard":"gsver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300044","name":"Kornburi Wastewater Treatment","description":"The existing process has been modified into a closed loop system that captures the methane emissions and uses them to generate heat and electricity for the factory. The project not only reduces GHG emissions by avoiding the release of methane into the atmosphere, but also by reducing fossil fuel consumption.","context":"The General Starch factory in Kornburi District produces tapioca starch from dried cassava that is grown by farmers in the region. This process creates vast amounts of wastewater which is stored in a series of open lagoons. The large size of these lagoons and the warm temperature creates perfect conditions for the breakdown of organic compounds in the wastewater. This produces large amounts of the greenhouse gas methane, which is known to contribute to global warming.","benefits":"The treatment process has improved wastewater quality, so that the water can now be reused in the factory for washing the cassava, saving precious local groundwater resources. The new technology has improved local air quality as it reduces the unpleasant odour and noxious emissions from the lagoons.","country":"Thailand","technology":"Biogas recovery\/Wastewater treatment\/Sludge treatment","price":12,"standard":"vcu","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"302148","name":"Efficient Cookstoves","description":"The replacement fuel-efficient stove will lead to a significant reduction in the annual usage of biomass for users. The improved stove has been designed to balance efficiency, safety, cost, stability and strength with a focus on using locally available materials.","context":"Biomass, principally firewood and charcoal, holds huge importance in Rwanda, accounting for a significant proportion of energy consumption. Biomass is often the predominant source of energy for cooking and water boiling, especially in rural areas. Cooking is generally carried out on thermally inefficient traditional devices and produces large amounts of smoke and indoor air pollution.","benefits":"By reducing the consumption of non-renewable wood and providing cookstoves with fuel savings, this project reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. A decrease of deforestation has a positive impact on biodiversity. Households save money by having less fuel requirements for cooking the same amount of food and health is improved through the reduction of indoor air pollutants from cleaner cookstoves. The project also generates employment and income for people distribution and maintenance of the stoves, as well as training and employing community education staff.","country":"Rwanda","technology":"Efficient cookstoves","price":23.65,"standard":"gsver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"301393","name":"Xenamnoy Clean Hydropower","description":"This project capitalises on Laos\u2019 enormous hydropower potential to supply the surrounding region, and particularly the rural communities, with a sustainable source of clean energy. This run-of-the-river hydropower station harnesses flowing water to provide enough clean electricity for the needs of over 110,000 people in Laos each year!","context":"Many people in Laos rely on unsustainable firewood for their energy needs. Unfortunately, this contributes to shrinking tropical forests. As the demand for electricity supply is steadily increasing, Laos is looking to turn to sustainable energy options in order to save its forests and limit greenhouse gas emissions.","benefits":"By producing clean, renewable electricity, this project is reducing reliance on other unsustainable energy sources, such as fossil fuels or firewood. This cuts emissions, while allowing forests and vegetation to recover. The project also contributes to local sustainable development by providing job opportunities, improving the local infrastructure, and implementing a water supply programme for the villagers. In addition to this, a new temple has been built for the local community, respecting the religion of local residents.","country":"Laos","technology":"Hydro","price":20.4,"standard":"gscer","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"301244","name":"Bac Lieu Wind Farm","description":"The Bac Lieu wind farm involves 62 wind turbines installed in two phases, each with a capacity of 1.6 MW, resulting in a total installed capacity of 99.2 MW. The project generates approximately 327,826 MWh of clean electricity on average annually, which is fed into the national grid. It contributes to bridging the supply-demand electricity gap, and is an important investment for Vietnams renewable energy supply strategy.","context":"Vietnam has experienced a rapid increase in the demand for electricity fuled by economic growth over the past two decades. However, with demand outpacing the current supply, electricity shortages and increasingly regular power cuts are negatively affecting the economy and local livelihoods.","benefits":"The Bac Lieu project has created over 100 steady jobs for the operation of the wind farm and supports the local community by funding social activities like sports and cultural events. The project also contributes to charity funds such as Fund for the Poor and Fund for Farmers, which improve services in surrounding areas, and tree planting activities promote regional biodiversity. The success of the project helps boost Bac Lieus provincial economy, as it will pay an annual tax to the local and State budget. It also paves the way for similar wind power projects in the region and the construction of an upgraded power transmission line reduces electricity losses and improves the local electricity supply.","country":"Vietnam","technology":"Wind Onshore","price":21.6,"standard":"cer, gscer, gs4ggver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"302099","name":"Safe Community Water Supply","description":"This project restores and repairs existing boreholes to provide clean drinking water to Rwandan communities, removing the need to boil water for purification. Each borehole is up to 100 metres deep, and can be operated with a simple hand pump. The boreholes will be maintained over the project lifetime.","context":"The quality of water in Rwanda is typically not safe to drink; for clean water, families must either boil it over inefficient wood-fuelled fires or travel long distances. The burden to source water, sometimes hours each day, or suffer respiratory illnesses from inhaling smoke from the indoor fires, especially impacts women and children. Boreholes offer an excellent solution, however, communities are often unable to maintain them over the long term.","benefits":"By providing safe water to communities, this project sparks a chain of positive benefits. Children do not have to spend as much time gathering water or firewood, so they can dedicate time to studying. Families resources are freed up as they don\u2019t have to spend money or time on firewood, instead, they can take part in other income-generating activities, household tasks or taking care of each other. Water-borne and respiratory diseases are reduced thanks to better sanitary conditions and less indoor smoke. By removing the need to boil water the project significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions as well as deforestation pressures on surrounding forests where firewood is sourced.","country":"Rwanda","technology":"Safe water","price":19.2,"standard":"gsver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"301671","name":"Lacand\u00f3n Forest for Life","description":"The Lacandon Forests for Life project reduces deforestation by controlling illegal timber extraction and assuring the legality of land use through sustainable forest management. The project also aims to address the cause of deforestation by improving the livelihoods of communities located within the National Park and surrounding areas. This includes the strengthening of governance through cooperatives, supporting sustainable economic livelihoods through technical workshops, and increasing environmental awareness through training.","context":"The Sierra del Lacandon National Park sits within the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Selva Maya Corridor, which contains the second most extensive tract of continuous tropical rainforest in the Americas after the Amazon. However due to encroaching settlements, forest fires, poor management of natural resources, illegal logging and agricultural activities, the rate of deforestation is high.","benefits":"Capacity building is a key aspect of this project, and women in particular benefit from governance, the development of a non-timber forest products value chain and environmental education. Surrounding communities enjoy a strengthened economy and improved environmental governance with support from project implementation. Sustainable forestry activities (such as conservation management, agroforestry and reforestation) provide a source of income for local communities while conserving natural resources. The project promotes health, family planning and environmental awareness through educational programmes.","country":"Guatemala","technology":"REDD+","price":20.4,"standard":"vcuccbs","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"301574","name":"Cookstoves for Maasai Communities","description":"This project has distributed over 5,500 efficient cookstoves to-date, to replace open fires. The cookstoves reflect traditional woodfire methods, but require 66% less firewood and reduce smoke emissions considerably, improving overall community health. By reducing emissions and slowing deforestation, the project reduces approximately 14,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.","context":"The Maasai people inhabit an area spanning much of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Despite pressure from governments to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, the Maasai people have maintained age-old customs that preserve their unique culture. Yet, the traditional Maasai method of cooking over an open wood fire is time-consuming, encourages deforestation and produces significant amounts of indoor smoke exposing women and children to severe respiratory health hazards.","benefits":"By using the cookstoves, the Maasai people reduce the amount of smoke produced by indoor cooking, limiting their exposure to dangerous pollutants that cause respiratory diseases. Women and children also spend less time collecting firewood and instead focus on earning an income or attending school, respectively. Meanwhile, demand for firewood is alleviated from the Mau Forest the largest native montane forest in East Africa.","country":"Kenya","technology":"Efficient cookstoves","price":18,"standard":"gsver, gs4ggver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"302745","name":"EcoAustralia","description":"Our unique EcoAustralia product provides the opportunity to support the regeneration and preservation of Australia\u2019s biodiversity and measurably address global climate change, at the same time. Each EcoAustralia credit consists of one Australian Biodiversity Unit, equal to 1.5m2 of government-accredited, permanently protected Australian vegetation, bundled with 1 tonne of avoided greenhouse gas emissions from a Gold Standard certified project. The Australia Biodiversity Unit supports the Mount Sandy Conservation project, which is located on South Australia\u2019s Limestone Coast. The project covers the traditional lands of the Ngarrindjeri people, Traditional Custodians of the Coorong \u2013 and is a rare pocket of intact native vegetation in the region. The project brings together indigenous and non-indigenous communities of Australia by promoting traditional land management for biodiversity conservation.","context":"In Australia, land clearing and degradation as well as more frequent extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall and soaring temperatures, pose huge threats to the country\u2019s unique wildlife. Globally, levels of planet-warming gases will continue to rise, particularly in countries that don\u2019t have the capacity or finance to transition to a more sustainable future.","benefits":"The Mount Sandy project permanently protects a regionally and culturally important pocket of biodiversity-rich land in partnership with its Traditional Owners. Local birds, animals and plants flourish undisturbed, while native plants for revegetation are supplied by the local nursery at Raukkan Aboriginal Community, a self-governed Indigenous community 50 kilometres northwest of the project site. Raukkan community members are also employed for onsite works including vegetation monitoring and mapping, fencing, and pest and weed control. By supporting EcoAustralia, Australia's unique heritage and vegetation are protected for generations to come; while certified emission reductions are helping to slow the climate crisis and create a circular economy.","country":"Australia","technology":"RE + Australian Biodiversity Unit (ABU)","price":19.2,"standard":"abu, gsver, vcu","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"301109","name":"Clean Cookstoves for the Mamize Nature Reserve with WWF","description":"The project is distributing 400 affordable fire-saving cookstoves to rural families living around the Mamize Nature Reserve in southwestern China. The cookstoves are reducing the amount of wood-fuel needed and smoke produced when cooking by adding an additional chimney and proper air supply system, which enables the fuel to fully burn and extracts the smoke out the room. The project was designed following stakeholder consultations with the local community to ensure their needs were met.","context":"With high electricity prices and limited alternatives, many people in rural China still rely on traditional wood-fired stoves for their daily cook needs. However these cookstoves require large amounts of wood, driving massive deforestation in some of China\u2019s most important wildlife areas \u2013 such as the Mamize Nature Reserve \u2013 and producing large amounts of harmful indoor air pollution, causing eye and respiratory problems.","benefits":"Switching to efficient cookstoves significantly improves the health and life-expectancy of those in the local community - particularly the elderly, women and children who are often responsible for the cooking. Not only is cooking safer and quicker, but the time saved collecting less firewood empowers families to do other activities. The new cookstoves are lowering GHG emissions at the same time as reducing local deforestation by 50-60%, protecting the Mamize Nature Reserve \u2013 part of China\u2019s dwindling giant panda habitat.","country":"China","technology":"Efficient cookstoves","price":24,"standard":"gsver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"302559","name":"Crow Lake Wind","description":"Spanning 36,000 acres in South Dakota, this wind power project is a product of innovative community collaboration between 3 parties. In total the wind farm comprises 108 turbines: Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) owns 100; a group of south Dakotans, South Dakotan Wind Partners own 7; and 1 is owned by Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI). The Crow Lake Wind project harnesses the wind to power homes with clean electricity, displacing energy generated from fossil fuels. The total installed capacity of the project is around 162MW, 1 MW serves around 800 homes, so at full capacity, 129,000 homes can be served!","context":"Despite having one of the smallest populations of any state in the USA, South Dakota's energy-intensive industries and extreme climate mean that per capita it ranks within the top 10 energy-consuming states. Luckily, high winds blow unobstructed across South Dakota's vast prairie and pastures, which cover nine-tenths of the state, making it one of the best wind resources in the USA.","benefits":"No other wind project in the country has used this ownership structure, which has yielded many benefits to the community surrounding the Crow Lake project. The local residents involved in the project have taken the opportunity to gain ownership of their energy production and ensure that jobs and taxes stay in the local area. Local economic development is further boosted thanks to the distribution of payments across multiple landowners where the project takes place. Furthermore students at MTI now have the opportunity to gain practical experience working with wind turbines, adding another dimension to their studies, helping them to get a job later on. The project displaces fossil-fuel generated energy; meeting growing demands with clean energy and helping drive a low carbon future in the USA.","country":"United States","technology":"Wind Onshore","price":13.2,"standard":"vcu","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"300358","name":"Musi River Hydro","description":"This grid-connected, run-of-river hydroelectricity plant is built on the upper banks of the Musi River near Sumatra\u2019s port city of Bengkulu. By harnessing the kinetic energy of powerful running water, the Musi River Hydro plant has a total-installed capacity of 210 MW and delivers over 765,000 MWh to Sumatra\u2019s grid every year \u2013 that\u2019s enough to meet the demands of over 700,000 Indonesians on average each year!","context":"Sumatra, Indonesia\u2019s largest island, is covered by dense tropical forests that are home to countless plant and animal species. Its fertile soil is ideal for growing rice and other commodities such as coffee, cacao, cinnamon, and palm sugar. Despite this, new economic opportunities are limited by rudimentary infrastructure and poor electricity access \u2013 and growing energy demands threaten Sumatra\u2019s unique natural ecosystems.","benefits":"This project addresses issues in rural Sumatra such as poor electricity access and the lack of quality employment opportunities \u2013 as well as fostering sustainable economic development. The Musi River Hydro plant has created quality jobs and upskilling opportunities for locals in what has been traditionally a farming community. A portion of project revenue is reinvested in the local community, building an orphanage, constructing new roads, bridges, and a traditional marketplace \u2013 giving local farmers better access to their rice paddies and the opportunity to pursue additional income. A reforestation program has also been established in the surrounding catchment area to safeguard the natural landscape.","country":"Indonesia","technology":"Hydro","price":12,"standard":"vcu","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"302828","name":"Bhadla Solar","description":"To replace thermal and fossil fuel-based energy, this project installs a 70 MW solar power facility in Bhadla village to harness Rajasthan's famous sunshine. It reduces the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, instead exporting clean and renewable energy to the Indian national grid. In doing so, this project will work towards India\u2019s national progressive energy target of reaching 100GW of solar energy capacity by 2022.","context":"Rajasthan, and particularly its agricultural sector, has been heavily impacted by climate change. However, this northwestern state of India is known for its blistering sun and has serious solar power potential that, if tapped into, could save India from burning tonnes of coal each year.","benefits":"This project reduces India's reliance on carbon-intensive energy sources and supports its forward-thinking renewable energy targets, and boosts local economies by providing job and training opportunities. As well as these direct benefits, the project funds a number of additional initiatives for local communities: installing solar street lights, giving solar lamps to local families and upgrading the village health clinic to ensure 24x7 uninterrupted access to electricity. On top of these, the project has installed new solar-powered toilets for two secondary schools and improved clean water access for the local police station and school. In addition, self-help groups teach local women new skills such as reading, writing and sewing so that they can earn an income.","country":"India","technology":"Solar","price":18,"standard":"gscer","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"301000","name":"Vietstar Sustainable Waste Treatment","description":"This innovative project aims to address the environmental impact of municipal landfills by pre-sorting and classifying solid waste, recycling plastic and then treating remaining organic matter with advanced composting technology. To drive circularity the final product of organic compost is then sold as high-quality bio-fertilizer \u2013 producing over 53,000 tonnes each year. The facility treats 432,000 tons of solid waste per year, daily that\u2019s around 1,200 tons.","context":"When organic waste starts to decompose it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In the past, there has been a lack of measures to control greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere from landfills in Vietnam.","benefits":"By preventing methane emissions from being freely released, the project is helping to combat climate change. It also reduces the amount of waste going into landfill through a stringent recycling, which prevents soil contamination.The sustainable fertiliser creates jobs and supports local farmers as it improves soil productivity, contributing to economic sustainable development of the region. More jobs are created for operating the site and workers have the opportunity to increase their technical skills through training sessions. The technology used to treat the organic matter is not yet widely used in Vietnam, therefore this project is pioneering new innovative solutions to environmental challenges.","country":"Vietnam","technology":"Alternative treatment (composting)","price":18,"standard":"gscer, gsver, gs4ggver","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"301978","name":"Forest Restoration with Teak","description":"The project is planting teak trees on degraded land in the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Campeche, in the south of the United States of Mexico. Part of the areas will be used for sustainable commercial purposes and part will be protected conservation areas to allow wildlife and biodiversity to thrive.
\u00a0","context":"Employment in rural Mexico, particularly in the south, is often informal, uncertain and relies heavily on the agricultural sector. However, extensive livestock farming has led to land degradation, deforestation and loss of wildlife habitat. This project aims to restore the land and create stable job opportunities, in line with legal standards, in order to transform the long-term prosperity of the region.","benefits":"The project is driving significant economic development in a sustainable way by creating new jobs for local people, training them in forest management and creating a supply chain of teak wood. As the trees grow not only do they sequester carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate global warming, by biodiversity, soil quality and water conservation are enhanced.","country":"Mexico","technology":"Afforestation, Reforestation Revegetation (ARR)","price":30,"standard":"vcu","currency":"EUR"},{"no":"303841","name":"Sustainable Farming for the Future","description":"The \u2018Sustainable Farming for the Future\u2019 project is strongly committed to promoting earth friendly farming practices. In particular the project aims to restore vital nutrient-rich top soils, also known as \u2018humus\u2019, on over 10,000 hectares of agricultural land across Germany. In healthy, humus rich soils, habitats are strengthened, biodiversity thrives and groundwater production is improved. Food production improves as a result of an overall healthier environment and as soil becomes more fertile it is more resilient to extreme weather fluctuations. Each CarboCert Humus certificate is bundled with 1 ton of avoided greenhouse gas emissions from a Gold Standard or Verra certified project.","context":"Global soils are the source of all life on land. Yet over the past few decades a crisis has been unfolding beneath the feet of farmers across the world, with soils being degraded at an alarming rate. Unsustainable agricultural practices and the heavy use of pesticides has led to precious topsoils deteriorating, with climate change exacerbating this erosion worldwide. Without healthy soils our ability to grow food is severely threatened.","benefits":"By restoring the humus layers, the project additionally enables soil to absorb and sequester large amounts of carbon, thus directly tackling climate change. Healthy humus-rich soil helps to maintain a balanced and thriving ecosystem and the fertile soil becomes a rich habitat for insects and wildlife. The high nutrient content means crops thrive, ensuring higher yields and resilience, and significantly reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers.","country":"Germany","technology":"Agriculture Land Management (ALM)","price":60,"standard":"iso","currency":"EUR"}]}