co2balance are currently working in partnership with World Vision on the delivery of two Gold Standard improved cookstove VPAs in the districts of Wema and Mogotia, Kenya. These projects aim to address the environmental, social and economic problems associated with traditional three stone cooking methods in the above districts by promoting energy efficient cook-stoves to households through established micro-finance institutions, helping to make them affordable to local users. The two micro-scale projects will be included under the co2balance non LDC multi-country PoA . Each one will reduce emissions by 10000tCO2 per year in addition to providing multiple other co-benefits for sustainable development.
In order to maximise stakeholder feedback and coverage, three separate stakeholder meetings will be conducted, two in the district of Wema on March 4th and one in Mogotia on 5th March. The principle objective of using a participatory approach is to ensure the projects are fully in line with the expectations of beneficiaries right from the offset and to eliminate the risk of potential problems occurring during the implementation phase. Further updates soon.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched another consultation on the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to encourage the uptake of on-site renewable energy. The consultation also hopes to exclude metallurgical and mineralogical processes from the scheme.
DECC will also be amending the CRC Order 2013 to simplify the wording to avoid double counting of energy supplies under the CRC, CCAs and the EU ETS when there is a landlord and tenant relationship.
Important dates for Phase 1 of the Scheme
- The compliance payment period is from 1st September to 20th September 2014.
- The rate is £12 per tCO2 on actual emissions reported in the 2013/14 Annual Report.
- Annual reporting period: 3 June 2014 to 31 July 2014
- Allowance ordering period: 3 June 2014 to 31 July 2014
- Payment period: 2 September 2014 to 20 September 2014
- Allocation period: 2 September 2014 to 15 October 2014
- Surrender deadline: 31 October 2014
Phase 2 of the scheme runs from the 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2019. The forecast payment period is from 1st June to 20th June 2014. The forecast rate is£15.60 per tCO2 and payment is based on a forecast of annual emissions. If a company opts out of purchasing forecasted credits, the compliance payment period is from 1st September to 19th September 2015 and payment will be £16.40 per tCO2, based on actual emissions
To find out more on how co2balance could help your organisation comply with the CRC Scheme please contact us here
Co2balance is launching new Gold Standard Micro-Scale Borehole Projects in Sierra Leone with the first boreholes being rehabilitated in Bombali District in the northern part of the country. Co2balance has arranged a meeting with local stakeholders in which we seek their opinion on the project’s design and social and environmental impacts; we believe this is an essential step in implementing a project in which the local community has ownership – thereby maximising the chances of successful adoption. The meeting will be held on the 22nd February in Kamakwie and we are hoping to welcome all major stakeholders from the Sierra Leonean energy and WASH sector as well as future borehole users from the local communities.