What Are Carbon Credits?
The Himalayan Stove Projectis a non-profit, US based, humanitarian & philanthropic program, dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living in the trans-Himalayan region.
We donate and distributefree, clean-burning, fuel-efficient Envirofit cook stoves, transforming the lives of individuals and families who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels.
As of January 2017we have delivered almost 4,000 stoves in the High Himalayas of Nepal, and transformed the lives of over 30,000 people.
Offering Carbon Creditsfor sale (which is the purpose of this website), gives you an opportunity to reduce your personal or business carbon footprint, and enhances the mission of the Himalayan Stove Project of helping the global environment (in Nepal and beyond), and also provides additional funding for the non-profit Himalayan Stove Project.
CARBON FOOTPRINT – CARBON OFFSETS – CARBON CREDITS
EVERYONE has a Carbon Footprint
No matter how environmentally aware you are and how consciously you live your life,
YOU HAVE A CARBON FOOTPRINT !
The car you drive; the public transportation you use, the “carbon” used to manufacture and deliver your commuting bike, heating and air-conditioning your home, airplane flights you take (for work or vacation) – – – – get it?
- A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities (expressed in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide – CO2 – a metric tonne is 2,204 English pounds, or 1.102 English tons).
- The “average” American has a carbon footprint of 20 tonnes of carbon per year, and the lowest, most green, individual carbon footprint achievable in the US is 8.5 tonnes per person per year (both figures according to an MIT study).
- Offsetting (a portion of) your carbon footprint can be achieved by “being green”, and by purchasing Carbon Credits.
An organization called the Gold Standard facilitates this process. It’s a standard and certification organization that works to ensure every dollar of climate and development funding goes as far as it can. The Gold Standard is endorsed by 80+ NGO’s and reviews, on an on-going basis, more than 1,100 projects in 70 countries seeking certification.
“The Gold Standard is widely considered to be the highest standard in the world of carbon offsets. It ensures that key environmental criteria have been met by offset projects that carry its label. Significantly, only offsets from energy efficiency and renewable-energy projects qualify for The Gold Standard, as these projects encourage a shift away from fossil-fuel use and carry inherently low environmental risks. Tree-planting projects are explicitly excluded by The Gold Standard. Gold Standard projects must meet very high additionality criteria to ensure that they contribute to the adoption of additional sustainable-energy projects, rather than simply funding existing projects. The Gold Standard also includes social and environmental indicators to ensure the offset project contributes to sustainable development goals in the country where the project is based. Finally, all Gold Standard projects have been independently verified by a third party to ensure integrity.”
Source: David Suzuki Foundation http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/scien…
Learn more about the Gold Standard at http://www.goldstandard.org/
Envirofit is our stove supplier for the Himalayan Stove Project. They have, to date (January 2017) delivered almost 1,500,000 clean-burning, fuel efficient stoves, world-wide.
Envirofit has three Gold Standard clean cookstove projects which generate carbon credits – in India, where they have impacted 500,000 families since 2008; in Honduras where they have impacted 200,000 families since 2013 and a project starting in Tanzania with a target of 75,000 families.
Gold Standard has verified that each stove in those projects generates $151 per year in Health, Livelihood, Employment and Carbon-Reduction benefits.
Envirofit is making these carbon credits available to our “Himalayan Stove Project Family” as additional support from Envirofit for the Himalayan Stove Project.
Envirofit retains $5 per credit to cover their costs associated with the verification, certification and “retirement” of each credit and they will issue certificates to an individuals or companies seeking to become carbon neutral (an “off-setter”).
The remaining amount paid for each credit is a philanthropic contribution to the Himalayan Stove project.
You can purchase as many of these credits as you wish, to help offset your and your family’s carbon footprint (as well as for your business, or as a gift to others).
You can also purchase them to offset the remaining, very small, carbon footprint of one or more stoves that we are delivering in Nepal – each stove has a carbon footprint of 2 tonnes per year, so you can offset one stove for one year, or two, or more, and your purchase adds additional funding the the Himalayan Stove Project.
All of us have a negative impact on the world we share together, but through this carbon credit program we can help take some of the pressure off the planet while profoundly changing the lives of entire families in Nepal.
Let’s Make A Difference Together !
Personal Carbon Credits
As noted above, the “average” American has a carbon footprint of 20 tonnes of carbon per year, and the lowest, most green, individual carbon footprint achievable in the US is 8.5 tonnes per person per year (both figures according to an MIT study).Offsetting (a portion of) your carbon footprint can be achieved by “being green”, and by purchasing Carbon Credits.
Carbon Credits can be purchased in any quantity to offset your “normal” carbon footprint, or the “extraordinary” carbon footprint resulting from a vacation flight or other “extraordinary” use. How many should you buy? – You can make an estimate, based on the comments above, and what “feels right”. If you wish to offset the small residual carbon footprint of a stove (or stoves) you’ve bought through the Himalayan Stove Project, it’s 2 Tonnes per stove per year. There are many “calculators” on the Internet that you can use – one place to start is the various calculators offered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/household-carbon-footprint-calculator
Business Carbon Credits
Many businesses today strive to reduce or eliminate their carbon footprint. The first step is, of course, “Thinking Green” and “Acting Green”, to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
The next step is to examine the business carefully to see where reductions can be made, and/or buying carbon credits to offset part or all of the carbon footprint.
To find out how much this might be, you can go to this US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) link as a starting point https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions#commercial-and-residential
You can also e-mail us at [email protected] and we can start a conversation and provide you with resources, or help you do the calculations for your business.