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Climate projects

What does 1 tonne of CO2 represent for the climate projects that Greentripper supports?
With the Greentripper calculator, you calculate the CO2, emissions you offset and you support sustainable climate projects which reduce CO2 emissions at a global level.

With the compensation of 1 tonne of CO2, you invest in:
  • The « Efficient cookstoves in Ghana » project: two efficient cookstoves in Ghana to enable a family of 4 or 5 people to cook for 4 months. A tonne of CO2e offset also means 3 tonnes of wood saved.
  • The « Safe drinkwater in Uganda » project: two weeks during which households have access to clean water without having to boil water with firewood, which helps avoid deforestation: 9 trees not felled. More specifically, the households have direct access to drinking water and need no longer to boil water with firewood (to be able to consume it). A tonne of CO2e offset also means 1,542 litres of drinking water.
  • The « Reforestation in Zambia » project: 75 trees saved (or 1.4 hectares of protected forest), an area of 11 ares managed according to sustainable agriculture practices for one year, a farmer trained in sustainable agriculture techniques for 3 months.
Which projects does Greentripper support?
We support the following projects:
  • Project « Safe drinkwater in Uganda »
    The project provides access to safe drinking water to hundreds of households in the Kaliro District, Uganda. Today, households are burning wood to purify their water.
    Many existing wells are owned by community groups and have fallen into disrepair due to poorly managed or expensive maintenance programs.
    This project makes it possible to:
    • work with these community groups to identify abandoned wells to rehabilitate them to provide clean, safe water.
    • to reduce the use of wood, and thus reduce the CO2 emitted during the combustion process and also to avoid deforestation.

    The project and its CO2 reductions are registered and verified independently under the internationally recognised Gold Standard label (http://www.goldstandard.org).

    See our project sheet for more information.

  • Project « Efficient cookstoves in Ghana »
    A large part of the population in Ghana uses biomass (wood and charcoal) to cook. The improved (ceramic) stoves help reduce CO2 by ca. 50% compared with traditional stoves. The project helps tackle the major problem of indoor air pollution caused by wood burning. Long-term exposure of women and children to smoke when meals are prepared causes numerous health problems.

    The project and its CO2 reductions are registered and verified independently under the internationally recognised Gold Standard label (http://www.goldstandard.org).

    See our project sheet for more information.
  • Project « Reforestation in Zambia »
    Poor agricultural practices, poverty and a loss of precious forests and ecosystems are threatening Zambia. To make ends meet, farmers often have to rely on illegal (poaching) practices. This Project supports farmers with agricultural methods that safeguard the forest and enhance their livelihood. Previous poachers are given the opportunity to learn skills that protect the forest and wildlife, while having a stable income.

    This Zambia AgroForestry Project promotes sustainable agriculture and forest conservation at a landscape level, through sustainable land management and REDD+ method (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). The program REDD+ safeguards the forests, ensures carbon sequestration and protects the entire ecosystem.

    This Project tackles the problem at its root. Instead of criminalising the poacher, it focuses on a long-term solution; teaching vulnerable people to farm sustainably and protect nature.

    See our project sheet for more information.
Guarantees of the climate projects you support with Greentripper
The climate projects proposed by Greentripper are verified and certified by independent, external bodies to meet the most stringent requirements. The projects are verified by Forum Ethibel, an independent, internationally recognised organisation, designed and controlled by the Gold Standard label.

When you offset your emissions through the Greentripper calculator, you get a certificate that attests to the CO2 neutrality of your trip. The CO2-Neutral Travel Label is contained in this certificate. CO2logic and the independent third party, Vinçotte, cooperate in the certification of the CO2-Neutral Label based on the ‘PAS 2060’, the first recognised international standard for CO2 neutrality.

These agencies verify that the project is actually created in accordance with the criteria in force and that it continues to comply therewith in the long term. It stands guarantee that these projects reduce CO2 emissions and really help improve the living conditions of the local populations.
What has already been achieved thanks to Greentripper CO2e offsetting?
The offsetting attained on Greentripper.org in 2018 represents 665 families of 4 to 5 people who use efficient cook stoves for a year (in Kenya and in Uganda). In total that year, 2,000 tonnes of CO2e have been offset via www.greentripper.org.
1 tonne of reduced CO2 represents the use of two efficient cookstoves to enable a family of 4 or 5 people to cook for 4 months.

In 2019, together we created an even bigger positive impact on the environment: 8,000 tonnes of CO2e were offset via www.greentripper.org.
For what reason(s) does Greentripper support climate projects in developing countries?
We share only ONE atmosphere. Whether you emit a tonne of CO2 in the United States, Europe, Africa or Asia, the result for our climate is the same. Conversely, with the same sum of money, we can reduce far more CO2 emissions in developing countries than in the United States or Europe.

Many people travel around the world, so it makes sense to support projects abroad, in places where people need them most. Our developed countries are in large measure responsible for climate change while developing countries will be the ones to suffer most from the result. The population of these countries is currently booming (particularly in Asia and Africa), so let us help developing countries keep CO2 emissions down. "In a global economy, we have a global responsibility." (CO2logic).

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We wish to act more locally. Do you propose Belgian local CO2 offset projects?
There are no certified CO2 offsetting projects in Belgium. We can reduce far more CO2 emissions in developing countries with the same money than we could in the United States or Europe. Many people travel around the world, so it makes sense to support projects abroad, in places where people need them most. Our developed countries are in large measure responsible for climate change while developing countries will be the ones to suffer most from the result. The population of these countries is currently booming (particularly in Asia and Africa), so let us help developing countries keep CO2 emissions down. "In a global economy, we have a global responsibility." (CO2logic).