Carbon Counting

Since the Paris agreement was reached and political leaders across the world signalled their ambition and direction for the path ahead, it has become increasingly apparent that there is a huge need for ‘carbon accountants’. Now, the title ‘accountant’ doesn’t often inspire great aspirations but this is a different breed of accountant with a very different remit. In a world where companies now account for their carbon debits as well as their financial bottom line and countries have made ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ of how they intend to reduce emissions, there is a need to monitor, verify and report on carbon emissions and for those with the expertise to do so.

The job of calculating carbon emissions is not a simple one; an improved cook stove for example, may use less wood when cooking than an open fire but people may also use fuels other than wood, may use more wood during different seasons or still use an open fire to heat the family home; calculating how all this affects potential emission reductions from a new stove can be complicated.

At CO2balance, we have developed a breadth of expertise in precisely this area and have developed several climate mitigation projects that support some of the poorest communities in developing countries as well as helping to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We have also worked with hundreds of companies around the world to calculate, verify and make savings on their carbon footprints. We support the agreement reached in Paris and will continue to build on this strong foundation.

We have recently advertised a new position for the role of Carbon Projects Officer in search of applicants to join our team whom we can share expertise with. The call for applications closes at 17:00 today and we look forward to bringing in a new member to our team who can contribute to our work at an exciting time when ‘carbon counters’ are becomingly increasingly essential for a carbon-free future.

Partnering for the good of the Community

Visitors are a blessing that’s what I was told while growing up and to date the statement has never changed, it’s still told to the current kids. How true or not that statement is I can’t tell now. Late last month we had the pleasure of hosting James Finlay’s representatives in our ICS projects in Kisumu and Kapatagat in Eldoret. The reason for the visit was for them to understand how our projects work, understand their impact in the community and also interact with stove beneficiaries.

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To this effect we took a journey into the community, viewed several stoves, interacted with rural women using our CZK stoves and heard from them what they have experienced since receiving the stoves. The stoves were amazing, I was overwhelmed by many thanks I received on behalf of my Organization as a result of distributing the ICS to the local communities. I think it’s only fair through this write up that I notify my colleagues and the whole Co2balance family that the work we are doing in the community is highly appreciated, rural women who benefited from our stoves really appreciative those who didn’t are really salivating waiting for the day they will have theirs.

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Women mentioned several advantages the stoves have had on their lives, families and the community at large. Just to mention one that got me thinking hard………“compared to traditional three stone stoves this CZK stove saves a lot of fuel and that gives me more time to engage in economic activities that give me some income to sustain my family. Am no longer enslaved as the case was while using the three stone, most of my time was spent in the forests looking for firewood, where can one get an opportunity in a forest if not being attacked by animals or rapists”…. one woman noted. It’s always good to know that your project is having impact to its target beneficiaries and this visit helped us as an organization get that feedback from the horse’s mouth.

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At Co2balance we believe that we can change the quality of life for people living in the rural parts of Kenya through our numerous ICS projects in the country. One way this can be accomplished is by leveraging resources and partnering with like-minded organizations for a greater impact. The comments we received from James Finlay’s returned me back to my first statement of this write up; that visitors are a blessing. Their positive comments gave us reasons to even want to do more; they were moved by our work and wished to join hands with us in doing another ICS project for the good of the people.

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Compiled by Christine Atira and Moses Maina