Carbon Credit Projects – Some Options

Choose the right offsetting project – Australian or global

Carbon credits project in Australia: Forests Alive (photo: Rob Blaker)
Tasmanian carbon credits project: Forests Alive (photo: Rob Blaker).

More and more businesses are aligning carbon offsetting choices with their business practices.

A transport company might want to support forestry projects in Australia to offset the emissions from their trucks locally. Or a manufacturer with operations in China might want to support renewable energy projects in China.

More help? Contact us for our plain English guide to carbon credits and carbon neutrality.

Here are a few projects our customers support through Pangolin’s certified carbon credit program. These are accepted abatement for Climate Active (formerly the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS)).

Some projects to consider:

Australia: Forests Alive (Tasmania)

Conserving habitat and biodiversity

Investing in forestry credits means your organisation is helping biodiversity. Offsetting greenhouse gas emissions through Forests Alive conservation protects some of Tasmania’s most endangered species, such as the wedge-tailed eagle, spotted quoll, and Tasmanian devil.

Forests Alive project teams work closely with local Tasmanian landholders. Farmers who own and manage native forests can choose conservation rather than logging for income diversity. Carbon financing through recognised conservation projects provides landholders with higher returns.

India: Wind Power (Tamil Nadu)

Bundled project – Spinning Mills Association

This is a grouped wind power initiative designed to develop a sustainable source of energy, and meet the needs of local small and medium scale industries.

Tamil Nadu Spinning Mills Association (TASMA II) manages the project, bringing together investors with small power requirements. See more on the Tamil Nadu wind energy project on APX.

Vietnam: Rice Husk Thermal Energy Generation (Cai Be District)

Food waste to renewable energy

Cai Be District turns an environmental problem into a clean energy solution. Processing rice for bran oil typically resulted in the disposal of husks into waterways. Decaying husks then released methane into the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas 21 times worse than carbon. Instead, Cai Be captures rice husk methane to produce electricity.

Wilmar Agro Vietnam Company, a rice bran oil producer, supplies husks to the Cai Be Thermal Energy Generation Project. The company procures and processes rice bran locally in the Cai Be District, so in addition to creating thermal energy from waste, transport emissions are minimal. See more about the Cai Be project on APX.

Australia: Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor (Western Australia)

Protecting and recovering habitat

This is a Gold Standard (GS VER) project in Western Australia. The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor links small patches of remaining woodland and shrub land with newly planted vegetation. The corridor sits on WA’s wheatbelt north of Perth, where agriculture has devastated more than 90% of native habitat.

The project involves 20 to 40 species to maximise biodiversity, with plans to extend the corridor to 10,000 square kilometres. Supporting Yarra Yarra helps protect and recover flora and fauna such as Malleefowl, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, and Western Spiny-tailed Skinks. See more on this project.

India: Solar Power (Southern India)

Solar energy replacing fossil fuels

The D.J. Malpani and Giriraj Enterprise project sells solar generated power to the state. It is then supplied to the Indian Grid to replace electricity primarily produced from fossil fuel sources The Enterprise is a voluntary initiative. Its plan is to replace the Indian Grid’s emissions with clean energy of approximately 95,656 tCO2e annually.

As a bundled activity the project incorporates solar installations in a few states, including Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Installed capacity is 56.25 MH.

Indonesia: Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (Borneo)

Retaining biodiversity

InfiniteEARTH initiated this critical biodiversity project designed to conserve more than 91,000 hectares of tropical peat swampland. Located on Borneo’s south coast, Rimba Raya Biodiversity protects an area rich with flora and fauna, including the endangered Bornean orangutan. It is the largest privately-funded orangutan sanctuary worldwide.

This project creates a buffer between government approved palm oil plantations and Kalimantan’s Tanjung Puting National Park. It is the largest REDD+ project globally, in terms of avoided emissions. Rimba Raya protects approximately 65,000 hectares of peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo, resulting in more than 130 million tonnes of avoided carbon emissions.

Rimba Raya also develops programmes in surrounding villages improving lives for these locals. It proudly adheres to 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through education, employment and a more positive future outlook. See the Rimba Raya website.

Timor-Leste (East Timor): WithOneSeed community forestry sustaining development

Simple action. Many people. Big impact.

WithOneSeed is the first Gold Standard verified (GS VER) carbon forestry program in Timor-Leste. It is working with subsistence  farming communities to replant forests, creating a carbon store. This project helps build local economies. It also delivers practical education and training in agroforestry and permaculture to create a more sustainable, equal and just world.

WithOneSeed is about climate justice, sustaining development and achieving climate regulation at local and national levels in Timor-Leste. The project supports 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  See more on WithOneSeed.

China: Liucheng Biomass Power Generation

Organic matter providing electricity to the grid.

The Liucheng Biomass Power Generation project sits in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Biomass is an organic matter that, through direct-burning boilers and steam turbines and generators, will provide electricity to the South China Power Grid.

Liucheng’s total installed capacity is 30 MW. With an annual operation of 6,000 hours, the generated electricity is 180,000 MWh. This project can provide almost 158,000 MWh of grid-connected clean energy generation.

China: Gansu Zhangye Heihe Longhui Small Scale Hydropower (Gansu Province)

Run-of-river hydropower

This project, called the Gansu Zhangye Heihe Longhui Small Scale Hydropower, operates in the Sunan County of Gansu Province in northwest China.

The project consists of two 6.5 MW turbines, supplying over 50,000 MWh of electricity to the grid annually. Gansu hydropower generates electricity from the Heihe River, supplying power to the Northwest China Grid. It is a clean alternative to the fuel-fired power generation that would otherwise satisfy the region’s demand. Emissions reductions from this clean energy project is an expected 43,786 tCO2e per year. See more on the Gansu small scale hydropower project on APX.

Brazil: Jari/Amapá Brazilian Amazon REDD+ Project

Protecting Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests

The Jari/Amapá project protects FSC-certified forests in the Jari Valley of Brazil. It is located across the Pará and Amapá states, also home to several communities and smallholders.

Biofílica and Grupo Jari lead this work to reduce deforestation and degradation at a time of rapid decline. As well as sustainable forest management, the project monitors biodiversity, and is a site for scientific research. Social co-benefits flow to five communities living within and around the project area. Local smallholders receive technical knowledge and assistance for sustainable food production.

Jari/Amapá is a REDD+ initiative – a United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation project in developing countries. Its overriding goal is to reduce 3,450,278 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in a 30-year period. Find more on the project website.

Rwanda: Improved Kitchen Regimes – Cleaner Cookstoves

Benefits for the environment, health and much more

Improved Kitchen Regimes is a Gold Standard carbon credit project (VER) that provides households with energy efficient cookstoves. Over 20,000 stoves are now in use in the Bugesera District of Rwanda, where local communities burn biomass for cooking, mainly in the form of unsustainably collected firewood.

These cleaner stoves require substantially less fuel. Critically for the people, they result in a better quality of life and improved health. This is a CO2balance project, a British profit-for-purpose carbon management consultancy. CO2balance ensures the project addresses several UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). See more on the CO2balance website.

More projects available

This is a small sample of projects we supply from and can source for your organisation. There are many other types and locations available.

Take a closer look

Carbon credits project: WithOneSeed, Timor Leste. (Forest and locals of Timor Leste.) WithOneSeed - Forestry & Community Development (Timor Leste)

WithOneSeed is the first Gold Standard verified (GS VER) carbon forestry program in Timor-Leste.

Carbon credits project: InfiniteEARTH Rimba Raya, Borneo InfiniteEARTH - Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve (Borneo)

InfiniteEARTH initiated this critical biodiversity project designed to conserve more than 91,000 hectares of tropical peat swampland.

Trees and reforestation. Carbon offsetting services include a range of certified carbon credit projects. Forests Alive - Conservation/Avoided Deforestation (Tasmania)

Investing in forestry credits means your organisation is helping biodiversity. Offsetting greenhouse gas emissions through Forests Alive means you are supporting an Australian project.