Ugandan Cookstove Project Announced by Offsetters
VANCOUVER, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Offsetters, a Vancouver-based carbon management solutions provider, is proud to
announce that it is the first Canadian company to co-develop a
high-quality cookstove offset project in Africa.
Offsetters' project seeks to distribute thousands of new, clean burning
cookstoves to Ugandan households over the next five years, which will
have the equivalent effect of removing approximately 4,000 cars off the
road for a year. However, perhaps more importantly, the cookstoves have
health benefits that can save the lives of people who are simply trying
to cook their daily meals.
"The results of co-developing such an internationally valuable project
that ties into a basic, daily human need to cook and feed oneself, in
relation to climate change, are enormous," said James Tansey, CEO and
founder of Offsetters. "From reducing environmental impact and
potentially improving physical health to reducing wood collecting and
cooking time, these cookstoves will change the way the Ugandan people
live their lives .
Offsetters also specifically set out to co-develop a project that is
accepted for registration by The Voluntary Gold Standard. The Gold
Standard is the world's leading independent standard for creating
high-quality emission reductions projects, and was designed to ensure
that carbon credits are not only real and verifiable but that they make
measurable contributions to sustainable development worldwide.
According to the World Health Organization, smoke from dirty cookstoves
and fires kills almost 2 million people each year, most of them women
and children. Three billion people live in homes where food is cooked
on stoves or over fires burning fuels like wood, dung, charcoal, or
agricultural waste. These fuels produce toxic fumes, and in poorly
ventilated homes, the mix of chemicals can reach 200 times the level
that the EPA considers safe to breathe. It can cause lung cancer,
pneumonia, cataracts, low birth weight, even death. It kills more than
twice as many people as malaria, and the need for cookstoves is gaining
international attention and endorsement from influencers like U.S.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
"It's such an honour to be a part of this important project. Without
carbon offset funds, the new stoves would be too expensive for most
households and institutions," said Tansey. "Our offsets purchasers will
feel confident in investing in this humanitarian project - our team has
a proven track record of success, strong financial backing and an
experienced co-development team."
The new cookstoves used in Offsetters' project employs improved
combustion efficiency technology to reduce cooking time and wood use by
approximately 50 per cent while providing a substantial cost savings
per year. Another benefit is that these new stoves will free up more
time for the Ugandan people - women and children in Ugandan typically
spend up to 20 hours a week searching for fuel - and allow them to
pursue other activities like earning money and furthering their
Offsetters is a leading carbon management solutions provider based in
Vancouver, BC, helping individuals and companies understand, reduce and
offset their climate impact. In 2009, Offsetters was selected as the
first ever official supplier of carbon offsets in the history of the
Olympic movement for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games. In 2009 Offsetters was also selected by the Pacific Carbon Trust
as the largest initial supplier of carbon offsets to the BC Crown
Corporation. Founded in 2005, Offsetters invests in high-quality
projects that achieve tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
that have happened with its involvement. For more information, visit www.offsetters.ca .
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