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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 to enable a Ghanese family of 4 or 5 people to cook for 4 months and save 3 tonnes of wood.
  • The « Safe drinkwater in Rwanda » project: four weeks during which households have direct access to clean water. They don't have to boil water with firewood, which helps avoid deforestation. More specifically, a tonne of CO2 offset means giving access to 846 liters of drinking water and saving 5,8 trees. .
  • 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 and the training of a farmer in sustainable agriculture techniques for 3 months.
Which projects does Greentripper support?
We support the following projects:
  • Project “Avoid deforestation and provide safe water in Rwanda”
    Rwandans have to collect water from polluted sources as the many existing wells have fallen into disrepair due to poorly managed or too costly maintenance programs.In order to make the water safe for consumption, it has to be boiled first. This process leads to deforestation as wood is the main fuel source for most Rwandese families. Furthermore, burning wood leads to many respiratory issues.

    This project makes it possible
    • To give direct access to clean water by repairing damaged wells, drilling new ones and maintaining them in the long term.
    • To reduce the use of wood, and therefore reduce the CO2 emitted during the combustion process,
    • To prevent illnesses coming from drinking polluted water and the harmful smoke when boiling the water.
    The project and its CO2 reductions are registered and independently verified under the Internationally recognised Gold Standard label (Gold Standard).

    Visit our project fiche for more information.

  • Project « Efficient cookstoves in Ghana »
    In Ghana, a large part of the population uses biomass (charcoal and wood) for cooking. This conventional cooking method is inefficient, unsafe and the smoke from burning the woods causes respiratory problems. In addition, due to population growth, they have to go deeper and deeper into the forest which has led to a 60% decrease in Ghana’s primary tropical forest.

    The improved cookstoves allow a reduction of CO2 of about 50% compared to traditional cookstoves. By supporting the development and distribution of these efficient cookstoves we save millions of trees, support families, boost economic activities and improve health conditions in Ghana.

    The project and its CO2 reductions are registered and independently verified under the Internationally recognised Gold Standard label (Gold Standard).

    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).