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project 1: climaider forest
in madagascar

Eden Reforestation Projects

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About Eden Reforestation Projects

Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit that has planted more than 300 million trees since 2004. They have achieved "Platinium Status" with GuideStar - a US organisation that rates and ranks non-profits - are an official UN partner project and operate according to their "employ to plant" methodology.

Eden Reforestation Projects started from the recognition that deforestation and extreme poverty go hand in hand - and therefore that lifting people out of extreme poverty by replanting the world's forests also goes hand in hand. "Employ to plant" works by Eden going into areas of extreme poverty and high unemployment and offering fair paid work to replant trees. This brings a host of socio-economic benefits to local people while restoring forests.

  • Animals regain their natural habitat
  • The soil is protected from erosion and from being eroded
  • Shorelines and marine environment protected by mangrove trees - trees that grow in salt water
  • Lowering CO2 levels in the atmosphere by establishing new forests
  • Combating extreme poverty by providing local people with money, food and education opportunities
  • Promotes gender equality by hiring many women in areas where gender inequality is high
A group of african residents harvesting mangrove seeds

When forests are cut down, it leaves the soil vulnerable. After a short time, the land is often so depleted that it is worthless, forcing local people deeper into the forests. The extreme poverty forces the local population to exploit the forest's resources. By giving them an alternative source of income through tree planting, it lifts the population out of the poverty that forced them to clear the forests in the first place. They are also provided with alternative stoves to cook without having to cut down the forest for firewood, and with clean water that ensures they do not need large amounts of firewood to boil and purify the water. The projects are also establishing a number of other facilities such as schools, a maternity clinic and more.

Many of the world's largest tree planting initiatives, such as Ecosia, use Eden as their tree planting partner, and according to the World Bank, Eden's forest projects in Madagascar (where Climaider's forest also stands) are larger than all other forest projects on the island combined.

The trees we plant are called mangroves. These are different species of trees that grow in salt water. They are particularly important because this type of tree absorbs extra CO2 while preventing shoreline erosion and providing habitat for a wide range of animals and fish. Even if we don't count trees as climate compensation, we still think it's important to plant the trees that absorb the most CO2.

A desolate mangrove area in desperate need of re-planting

Why trees and compensation at the same time?

Forests are hugely important to the world. They suck CO2 directly out of the air, and it's with good reason that forests are called the lungs of the world. In addition, forests are home to a huge proportion of the world's wildlife and are invaluable from an environmental perspective. They prevent soil erosion, hold onto soil nutrients, maintain groundwater levels and many more important functions.

In fact, almost everyone agrees that forests have a key role to play if we are to solve the climate crisis in any way. Ever since we started Climaider, we have been repeatedly advised to support forests. This is also why we have funded two other tree projects in the past: TIST and Kariba. While everyone agrees on the importance of forests, there is one problem: trees are not very suitable as carbon offsets. It is possible, but it is difficult, as they are living. For example, if you burn off a tonne of methane gas, it's burnt. It's gone and can never come back - that's your guarantee. If you plant a tree, on the other hand, many different things can cause the tree to die and the CO2 to be released back into the atmosphere - and then there has been no real CO2 saving.

A mangrove saplingA crab hiding in the muddy waters of a mangrove forest

In the past, we have supported forest projects of the highest quality. Regular monitoring and many, many precautions ensured that forests were left standing and that in the event of something happening to a tree, we were guaranteed that another would be replanted in its place. We did this because the most important thing for us at Climaider is that you can count on our projects to avoid or remove the CO2 we promise.

An enormous amount of resources are needed to control and monitor forests, and even then no one can guarantee that they will not be hit by a natural disaster or similar. That is why so much of the money spent on planting forests quickly ends up being spent on monitoring and verification and not so much on actually planting forests. Of course, we and our partners still do everything we can to make sure the trees survive and thrive, but because they don't have to be verified for climate credits, we can instead spend a much larger proportion of the money on actually planting trees. This means we are now planting far more trees than we did before.

About 80% of the original trees we plant survive. However, when you take into account that the trees themselves disperse their seeds and replant themselves, each tree often ends up becoming more than one, eventually.

We are really happy and proud of the solution we have found with Eden Reforestation Projects. We will share pictures and updates from the project on a regular basis and we thank all members for their support.

A group of african residents planting mangrove seedsA group of african residents preparing mangrove seeds for planting

"It is the trees that will save us" wrote Jørgen Steen Nielsen in Information on 16 October 2018, and we agree with him.

In partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, we will plant around 2.5 million new trees in Madagascar over the next few years in the member funded forest.

It's important to note that we don't plant the trees to offset your climate footprint, but simply because it's important.

The trees we plant through Eden are therefore in addition to the support given to other climate projects.

At the bottom of this page we explain why we do this.

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projekt 2: solcelleprojekt i indien

Kombination af solpaneler og husholdningsapparater.

Som medlem af Climaider støtter du et nyt og banebrydende solcelleprojekt i Indien, som repræsenterer en unik teknologisk udvikling rettet mod verdens mest udsatte samfund. Dette projekt er det første af sin art globalt og introducerer en ny solcelleteknologi designet specifikt til brug i verdens mest økonomisk trængte og isolerede områder.

Det bemærkelsesværdige ved denne teknologi er fraværet af en såkaldt "Inverter". Solpaneler genererer normalt jævnstrøm (DC-strøm), der skal konverteres til vekselstrøm (AC) gennem en inverter for at forsyne lys eller andre apparater. Inverteren udgør en betydelig del af omkostningerne ved opsætning af solcelleanlæg, og op til 30-40% af den genererede energi går tabt ved denne konverteringsproces.‍

Projektet præsenterer en banebrydende løsning ved at kombinere særlige solpaneler med husholdningsapparater designet til at fungere på jævnstrøm. Dette eliminerer behovet for at konvertere til vekselstrøm, hvilket markant øger systemets effektivitet og reducerer omkostningerne. Det betyder også, at solpanelerne ikke behøver at være så store for at producere tilstrækkelig energi. Denne kombination muliggør installation af solcelleanlæg i områder, der tidligere var utilgængelige, hvor traditionelle solcelleløsninger var for dyre.

Projektet er placeret i nogle af Indiens mest afsidesliggende og økonomisk udfordrede områder såsom Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir. Disse områder mangler adgang til elektricitet, og beboerne har ikke økonomisk råderum til at investere i solpaneler eller mikro-grids. Som erstatning for dette bruger indbyggerne petroleum til belysning om natten.

Erstatningen af petroleum med dette projekt resulterer i klimakreditter og beskytter miljøet mod skadelige emissioner. Ud over de miljømæssige fordele har projektet betydelige sociale fordele:

Indendørs afbrænding af petroleum har alvorlige sundhedsmæssige konsekvenser, især for børn, der bruger lyset til at læse om aftenen. LED-lys giver dem mulighed for at studere, selv når familierne ikke har råd til petroleum. Disse økonomisk trængte familier bruger op til en tredjedel af deres månedlige indkomst på petroleum, men dette projekt frigiver disse midler til andre formål.

Tilgængeligheden af strøm giver beboerne mulighed for at eje mobiltelefoner, hvilket for mange er det første skridt mod økonomisk inklusion. Det giver dem adgang til banktjenester, mulighed for at tage små lån, starte virksomheder og få vigtige oplysninger om vejrforhold og andre begivenheder, der er afgørende for landbrugssamfund.

Projektudviklerne har vundet adskillige priser og er blevet Gold Standard certificeret for deres innovative tilgang og betydelige indvirkning.

Vi er stolte af at støtte dette projekt, der har potentiale til at skabe en positiv forandring for mange mennesker. Gennem din støtte håber vi at bidrage til udviklingen af denne lovende teknologi og dens evne til at hjælpe samfund verden over.

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projekt 3: n2o indfangst i egypten

Indfangst af en yderst potent drivhusgas

Dette projekt fokuserer på indfangning af lattergas (N2O) i Egypten, et biprodukt fra fremstillingen af forskellige produkter, især gødning og nylon. Disse nødvendige produkter genererer desværre lattergas som et uundgåeligt biprodukt.

Lattergas er en yderst potent drivhusgas, hvor 1 ton lattergas opvarmer lige så meget som 273 ton CO2 i forhold til CO2. Derfor er det afgørende at begrænse eller stoppe udledningen af lattergas.

Selvom det er muligt at installere renseprocesser på fabrikker for at indfange lattergas, er det desværre en dyr process, og der er ingen lovkrav i Egypten (eller de fleste steder i verden) om at indfange lattergas fra produktion. Derfor vælger de fleste gødning- og nylonfabrikker ikke at indfange lattergasemissionerne.

Men gennem finansiering fra dette projekt har Abu Qir-fabrikken i Egypten fået råd til at indfange lattergasen alligevel. Fabrikken producerer gødning til landbruget og har valgt at implementere indfangning af deres lattergas ved at bruge den dyreste, men mest effektive metode kendt som "tertiær reduktion".

Udover de åbenlyse klimafordele bidrager projektet også til lokale initiativer såsom anlæggelse af veje, affaldsindsamling og rensning af vandløb.

Tidligere har der været skandaler omkring projekter, der ikke levede op til deres påstande, især for omkring 20 år siden. Men netop denne type projekt, indfangning af lattergas fra salpetersyreproduktion, er blevet vurderet konsekvent troværdigt og af høj kvalitet og additionalitet.

Projekter af denne type bliver vurderet på mange parametre, og dette projekt klarer sig godt på dem alle. Men selvom projekter generelt ser lovende ud, er der altid yderligere overvejelser, og derfor foretager vi altid en grundig gennemgang af hvert enkelt projekt.

Derfor er vi særligt stolte over, at dette projekt er blevet vurderet af BeZero, en uafhængig organisation, der analyserer og rangerer klimaprojekter. De foretager risikovurderinger og gennemgår projekter på en række parametre, og dette projekt har modtaget en A-rating, hvilket placerer det i den øverste 15% blandt alle projekter globalt.

Med deres anbefaling føler vi os ekstra trygge ved at anbefale dette projekt.

Projektet er Clean Development Certified. Normalt foretrækker vi projekter, der er certificeret af enten Verra eller Gold Standard, men for dette projekt har vi vurderet, at det ikke er nødvendigt. Dette skyldes primært projekttypen, den ekstremt høje bedømmelse fra BeZero og at certificeringsmetodikken faktisk er den samme for Clean Development Mechanism og for Verra i dette tilfælde.

climate credits from certified and credible projects

Navigating the carbon credit market can be a bit of a jungle due to expensive retailers and non-certified projects.

At Climaider, we only choose projects that are verified by the most stringent industry standards: the Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard.

We will therefore naturally also have our own climate project verified and certified by an independent verification body to the strictest standards.

This also means that the process will be more transparent for you.

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tonnes of CO2 removed

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