Carbon offset project: Energy efficiency, forest protection and better living conditions in Ghana

The projects, conferences and also office operations of the foundation inevitably generate CO2 emissions. These are recorded in the form of a carbon footprint and compensated with the help of a compensation project. For 2018 we support the project "Guyapa stoves" in Ghana by purchasing CO2 certificates.

The selected project produces efficient cookers and delivers them almost to all regions of the country. In nine years, around 240,000 stoves have already been sold. Compared to conventional charcoal kilns, these models save between 35 and 50% fuel. This is a considerable amount, because the production of one kilo of charcoal requires 6 kg of wood. The forest in the country is also threatened because of the old stoves, which require much more resources. A family can now reduce the annual need for charcoal by up to 300 kg through the Guyapa stoves. The new stoves help to better manage the resource forest and thus support natural carbon sinks. The total annual reduction amounts to 167,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents.


Two kids proudly present the family's new stove. (Copyright: firstclimate)

In addition, the stoves emit significantly lower emissions of harmful fumes and create a healthier environment around the hobs. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that due to smoke-induced diseases in Ghana, up to 16.000 people die prematurely each year. Now, households with modern stoves offer healthier environments, less time is spent on collecting firewood and the families actively contribute to climate protection.

We ourselves offset the emissions from the foundation events amounting to 943 tonnes of CO2. The remaining emissions from office operations and employee travel trips (about 70 tonnes) are offset by our founder, Munich Re.

Verification  Gold Standard Foundation
 Annual Volume  167,000 tonnes CO2 equivalents
 Type of Certificate  Gold Standard Voluntary Emissions Reductions (VER)
 Partner  firstclimate

 RK, 4 February 2019

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