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High Praise for our Ugandan Safe Water Project

22 September, 2021 | Issie Hatfield
Categories: Case Study, Safe Water, Sustainable Development Goals, Uganda

In Uganda, across our projects in Kole, Alebtong, Otuke, and Dokolo Districts, an independent objective observer has been assessing our safe water project as part of the thorough verification process carried out by Gold Standard. The observer assessed whether the project goes beyond ‘business as usual’ and contributes to climate security and sustainable development. Safeguarding… Read the full article >


Pump Minder training vital for project delivery in Sierra Leone

6 September, 2021 | George Syder
Categories: Safe Water, Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, our partners CODE-SL have been out in the communities this last month conducting pump minder training; which ‘aims at giving knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of pump minders to ensure proper usage, management and maintenance of community boreholes to support healthy living in our communities’. We asked CODE-SL about the activities… Read the full article >


What’s Cooking in Rwanda

24 August, 2021 | Rachel Brooks
Categories: Carbon Offsetting, COVID-19, Improved Cookstoves, Rwanda

Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is the largest protected wetland in Central Africa. It is home to rhinos, lions, and more recently, one of CO2balance’s latest projects. There are 400,000 people living in the periphery of the park, many of whom depend on the park’s activities for their livelihoods and amenities. Demand for firewood for cooking… Read the full article >


Earth Overshoot Day

30 July, 2021 | Katri Hastings
Categories: Climate Change, World Days

Yesterday, 29th July 2021, was Earth Overshoot Day, what is earth overshoot day? It is the date in the year where our demand for resources, in a single year, surpasses what earth can provide and regenerate. The Global Footprint Network hosts and calculates Earth Overshoot Day. How is it calculated? By tracking global demand for… Read the full article >


Contribution of Wildlife to Climate Change Mitigation

22 July, 2021 | George Syder
Categories: Climate Change

When we talk about nature-based carbon storage and climate change mitigation, the conversation is often focused on vegetation: forests, peatlands, seagrasses. And whilst this is for good reason (the carbon stored in all animals is less than 1% stored in plants), it is important not to discount the role that animals play in improving the… Read the full article >


Vita Partnership – Ethiopia Improved Cook Stove Project

19 July, 2021 | Katri Hastings
Categories: Ethiopia

 All of the improved cookstove projects we verify under Gold Standard bring cleaner, more efficiency cooking methods to people across Sub Saharan Africa. All of the projects we certify reduce CO2 emissions, but we are also required to contribute to other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with our projects to certify our emission reductions. We joined… Read the full article >


Improving Efficiency and Building Capacities Through Mobile Monitoring

16 July, 2021 | Maria
Categories: CO2Balance

In order to guarantee high impact projects that maximize the progress on at least four different SDGs, monitoring our projects and analyzing the in-country scenarios are key aspects of our work. Since our projects are based mostly in rural communities where access to internet connection is not common, many of our monitoring and analysis efforts… Read the full article >


Vita Partnership – Ethiopia Water Project

12 July, 2021 | Katri Hastings
Categories: Ethiopia

The Safe Water Projects we certify supply clean drinking water to people all over Sub Saharan Africa. We work hard to contribute to a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when developing projects. Vita is a great organisation which CO2balance work with to certify the carbon reductions from their projects. We first partnered with them… Read the full article >


Kenya: 2021 Mangrove Planting Underway

8 July, 2021 | Thomas Devesa
Categories: CO2Balance, Kenya, Mangroves

CO2balance, in partnership with Natural Capital Partners, are targeting a massive 200,000 trees planted in this year’s planting season. The mangrove rehabilitation project, which saw 54,400 trees planted in 2020, is back underway for 2021. The project is situated along Mtwapa Creek, Kenya and supports two mangrove rehabilitation groups; Abent and Comensum. The groups are… Read the full article >


“Carbon neutral”, “net-zero”, “climate positive”: What do they really mean?

5 July, 2021 | Issie Hatfield
Categories: Carbon Offsetting

You may have heard governments or organisations pledge to “achieve carbon neutrality” by a certain date or reach “net-zero emissions.” Some have even pledged to go “carbon negative.” Yet, do we know what these terms really mean? In order to understand and scrutinise these climate goals, we must first understand how these common buzzwords differ…. Read the full article >


Water access leads to better health and reduces COVID-19 in Malawi

18 June, 2021 | George Syder
Categories: Case Study, Malawi

The following story we have received from our partners in Malawi: United Purpose. We work with United Purpose (UP) in Malawi and Gambia, helping to implement safe water systems and distributing efficient cookstoves to help reduce fuel use, increase local health, and gender equality. UP is a movement of people and organisations that strive to… Read the full article >


Introducing Myself…

15 June, 2021 | George Syder
Categories: CO2Balance

Hello I am George, the newest Carbon Projects Officer at CO2Balance in Taunton. I am excited to have joined the teams’ great efforts in developing climate mitigation and sustainable development projects. I join CO2Balance with a background in conservation, studying Wildlife Biology at the University of South Wales, which allowed me to undertake research in… Read the full article >