Carbon Offsetting: November 2020
We are so excited about carbon offsetting Punk Rock Health as a business every month and wanted to share with you what it means and the impact we are having.
Every month we aim to more than offset our carbon emissions by contributing to different charities, initiatives and groups listed on the Gold Standard organisation website.
The Gold Standard Organisation says this about themselves:
“Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions featured the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contributed to sustainable development. With the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, we launched a best practice standard for climate and sustainable development interventions, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, to maximise impact, creating value for people around the world and the planet we share.”
This month our contributions have gone to two places.
First up is CO2balance who are working hard to provide safe water access in Rwanda. The Gold Standard says that “CO2balance works with local groups and NGOs in Rwanda to deliver clean, safe water by identifying and rehabilitating broken-down boreholes. An ongoing maintenance programme, alongside water sanitation and hygiene training, ensures a safe and reliable community water supply is maintained.”
The run 12 micro-projects under this programme that in total prevents 10,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions.
These projects not only reduce emissions and help our climate, but they also help support local communities with safe water that takes less time to collect (than from traditional sources which can be far away and also seasonal!). This safe water also reduces the incidence of waterborne diseases in these communities, reduces time and fuel expenditure to sanitise the water, and reduces pressure on the ecosystem and local wildlife causes by deforestation.
The project is financed by Likano Project Development and Open Circle Investments under CO2balance’s Global Micro Programme of Activities.
Next up this month we gave our support to CO2OL Tropical Mix who are currently Planting Biodiverse Forests in Panama. The Gold Standard said this about this project;
“By sourcing timber from primary rainforest or harvesting large-scale monoculture plantation, the timber trade has significantly depleted tropical rainforests. CO2OL Tropical Mix is looking to change that by introducing sustainable timber production while reforesting degraded pastureland with a mix of native tree species and teak. The resulting forests offer a natural habitat for native animals and plants, protect and enrich the soil, save and filter water and contribute to the mitigation of climate change. The project, initially developed by Forest Finance and recently extended by the partner Sustainable Timber and Isla Cebaco, is based on a model that combines sustainable, high-quality timber production with biodiversity protection and ecosystem restoration. By also planting a mix of cacao and native tree species in some areas, the project also enables sustainable cacao production.”
This project has planted more the 7.5 million trees in 20 different native species so far, which are capturing carbon and working hard against climate change. This project is also impacting 15 threatened animal species by creating more habitat for them, as well as 150 job and counting where employees receive a wage above legal minimum with health insurance and a pension fund.
For more information about this project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
So that is how we have offset the small yet unavoidable emissions our little business creates! If you want to offset some of your own emissions pop over to The Gold Standard’s Projects page and see where you can have an impact!