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EQ compensates emissions for the EQ week in Nairobi!

By September 23, 2022No Comments

Sustainable performance – our responsibility: EQ walks the talk!

Day-to-day, we take care to emit as little CO2 as possible. Accordingly, we commute by bike or train, support to work remotely, and carefully use resources.

Therefore, it is only self-evident to compensate 100% of our CO2 emissions for the EQ week in Nairobi.

We compensate for our flight emissions with carbon credits from BURN – clean cooking solutions.

The carbon credits BURN provides are Avoidance Credits. Unlike Reduction Credits, these will lead to less CO2 being produced in the future.

How does BURN do that?

The Clean Cooking Stoves from Burn contribute to this on two levels:

  • Directly: Less wood, LPG or coal is burned because the stoves are much more efficient in their heat transfer. -> Reduction of emitted CO2 and Greenhouse Gases
  • Indirectly: Fewer trees and forests are cut because the stoves are more efficient. -> CO2 is absorbed and stored by trees and forests. Every existing forest is a contribution to the reduction of CO2

What does BURN do with the money generated by the carbon credits?

  • BURN use the gains to subsidize the stoves by 40-60%, allowing them to offer the Cooking Stoves at a fraction of the cost. -> This makes the stove more available to a broader extent to people, making the impact more attainable.

BURN has Carbon Projects that are under certification standards. Their carbon credits are evaluated by Gold Standard which is one of the most respected certification companies in the world. It was established by WWF and other NGOs almost 20 years ago.

To evaluate the credits, data must be collected. For this purpose, BURN chose a sample size of 250 households over 4 days as a baseline. First it was recorded how much cooking wood was used, and how much Greenhouse Gases were emitted. After the introduction of the Clean Cooking Stoves the analysis was repeated to estimate the change. With the generated data it is calculate how much CO2 is or can be saved.

This data is collected per country because it can vary a lot depending on the circumstances (e.g., the amount of wood used and its direct availability).