Training and Maintenance in Rwanda

11 October, 2016 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Improved Cookstoves, Rwanda

As part of the continuous input mechanism, at Co2balance we closely monitor and regularly discuss the feedback of our stakeholders in the countries we operate. Following such discussions with our field team in Rwanda, we have come to the conclusion that currently there is an additional need for training on stove operations and replacement of… Read the full article >


Updates from the field – Kayonza

20 May, 2016 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Rwanda, Safe Water

In partnership with our international and in-country project partners we have completed the rehabilitation of 45 boreholes in Kayonza District in Eastern Rwanda. The project is a result of a successful cooperation of multiple actors, this time including engineering students from the local university, too. Government officials have also welcomed the project especially because the… Read the full article >


Green Climate Fund and CDM

14 April, 2016 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Carbon Offsetting, Climate Change

Early last month, South Korea’s Songdo hosted to the latest meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). CDKN’s Christina Elvers observed that compared to last year’s disappointing meeting in Zambia, GCF managed to make some major progress with the US signing the first tranche ($500m) of their commitment to the GCF. Riding on the momentum… Read the full article >


World Water Day

25 March, 2016 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Safe Water

One day after the International Day of Forest, the World Water Day also points out attention to an equally important natural resource. Basically in each language we can find a saying similar to the Rwandan proverb “water is life”, showing its universal importance all over the world. In the context of climate change, climate variability… Read the full article >


Clinton’s Support for Cookstoves

3 March, 2016 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Improved Cookstoves

Two weeks before Super Tuesday, when Bill Clinton made case for his wife’s candidacy, he praised the Clinton Foundation’s and particularly Mrs. Clinton’s efforts in promoting clean cookstoves in Sub-Saharan Africa, as one her many policy accomplishments. Indeed it was Hillary Clinton, back in 2010 as a Secretary of State who announced the launching of… Read the full article >


Project visit in Rwanda

1 February, 2016 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Rwanda

As the Rwandan borehole and cookstove projects expanded exponentially in the past year, January was time to visit our local project partners and review the results of a fantastic progress our partnership achieved in 2015. Together with the representatives of our Austrian partner organisation, Climate Corporation, we spent the last week travelling up-country to Gatsibo,… Read the full article >


The Taste of Clean Water

27 November, 2015 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Rwanda, Safe Water

When developing a borehole project, one might think that the hardest part is the physical rehabilitation and the siting of the boreholes. However there are many challenges which appear only in the second phase of the project, once the boreholes are providing safe water. We have met one of these challenges when some locals reported that the… Read the full article >


World Environment Day

5 June, 2015 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Climate Change

June 5th marks the World Environment Day and UNEP’s campaign calls all of us to consume with care, taking into consideration what burden our everyday activities pose on our planet. One of these simple and vital activities is cooking with three billion people in the world still preparing their meals on open fires or traditional… Read the full article >


First year of ACREST-CO2balance partnership

9 February, 2015 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Cameroon, Improved Cookstoves

Since the local stakeholder meeting held in January last year, a significant progress was achieved in the jointly implemented “West Cameroon Improved Cookstove” Project. The Gold Standard Foundation listed our project, endorsing this unique partnership whereby local knowledge and skills are matched with international support and know-how. The improved cookstoves made at the ACREST Headquarter… Read the full article >



Rwanda trip

9 December, 2014 | eszterhegyi
Categories: Rwanda, Safe Water

I am very happy to write about the progress of our borehole project in Rwanda. During last week we visited the rehabilitated boreholes in Gatsibo district and met with the communities who have now access to clean water supply. We have discussed the achievements so far and the scope of further improvement with our local… Read the full article >