Carbon offset projects
Groenbalans offers carbon credits from projects around the world. By purchasing these credits you invest in sustainable energy, such as wind and geothermal energy, in areas that need it most. These projects create employment, improve the local environment and prevent the development of polluting energy sources like coal-fired power plants.
The following is a sample of Gold Standard and VCS offset projects we use. For other offset projects in our portfolio, please contact us.
Cook stoves, Ghana
Credits: Gold Standard
Type: Cook Stoves
This project replaces coal pots with an efficient insulated stove, known as the Toyola Coalpot. Users of the stove are pleased with the effects: they observe that the stove keeps going for longer periods, cooks food more quickly, is less smoky and uses less fuel.
Fuel use from increasingly scarce firewood is a growing problem in Ghana. In order to address this problem, an emission reduction project has been set up to distribute modern, fuel-efficient cooking stoves to private households at reduced prices.
Fuelwood and charcoal meet approximately 75% of Ghana’s fuel requirements. Approximately 69% of all urban households in Ghana use charcoal. Whilst wood is used in rural areas, charcoal is common in urban areas because it is light and easy to transport and quick to light. Charcoal is used by approximately 1.3 million households or 31% of all families in Ghana. Most families cook with charcoal in a metal grate or ‘coal-pot’ that burns very inefficiently.
The project creates employment and training throughout Ghana. It improves the livelihoods of the poor. They need to buy less fire wood or coals. The new Toyola coalpots are less smoky, reducing emissions of hazardous air pollutants and improving the health of the cooks, typically mothers and children.
Bundled wind energy project, Taiwan
Credits: Gold Standard
This Gold Standard wind energy project is a bundled project of two wind farms, named Changbin and Taichung, on the west coast of Taiwan.
The wind farms operate 65 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 2.3 MW. The energy generated provides clean energy to the equivalent of 110,000 households. The generated wind energy directly contributes to reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of the Taiwanese elektricity grid, which is primarily supplied by coal-fired power.
The project improves the local living environment, stimulates the sustainable development of the Taiwanese economy and creates local employment.
Efficient use of energy in households, South Africa
Credits: Gold Standard
Country: South Africa
Type: Efficient cooking techniques
This is a Gold Standard project at household level. More than 40,000 families see their living standard improved by using more efficient cooking techniques.
Families in South-African townships experience a lot of air pollution, mainly from coal fires. In cooperation with local partners, households are trained in a new cooking technique; Basa Magogo. With this method coals are placed underneath the kindling wood and paper, instead of on top. Families use 50% less coal and are able to use it faster and longer.
The project ensures 90% less indoor smoke development, two hours per day saved which women can devote to work and/or their family, and a significantly lowered number of doctor’s visits for respiratory problems.
Bundled water power project, India
Type: Hydroelektric power
This VCS hydroelektric energy project is een ‘run of river’ project in region Himachal Pradesh, north of India. Run of river means energy through the power of falling water. So no flood-control dam had to be built.
The generated electricity is used in the regional power grid, replacing fossil fuels like coal, and provides rural households with energy, avoiding firewood consumption. The project thus reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the sustainable development of the region, both environmentally and economically.
The project has also helped create local employment for both construction and maintenance, and has improved the region’s infrastructure. Threes are planted, medical care and education is improved.
Geothermal Power Plant, Indonesia
Type: Geothermische energie
This geothermal power plant, located near Jakarta, Indonesia, generates emission free elektricity for the Indonesian power grid. The project consists of a capacity upgrade of an existing geothermal power plant from 3 x 55 MW to 3 x 60 MW.
Greenhouse gas emission reductions are achieved through updating the plant’s capacities, thus avoiding the burning of fossil fuel (coal) for the growing demand in Indonesia. Another advantage of geothermal power is that it produces no solid waste.
The project promotes the use of geothermal energy as a renewable energy source. It creates jobs for the local population and stimulates the transfer of technological know how.
Waste water processing, Thailand
Type: Waste water processing
In this facility in Thailand, methane captured from industrial waste water is being used as fuel. The project involves the installation of anaerobic waste-water treatment facilities.
The treatment facility enables the capture of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times as potent as , from wastewater as a result of starch production processes. The methane is then used as fuel in the existing heat generating devices in the plants, replacing heavy fuel oil. The treated water is recycled for use in the plant while the sludge from the waste-water treatment system can be used as a fertilizer for agriculture.