Carbon Offset Program
What are carbon offsets?
A carbon offset reduces the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere so that increased greenhouse gases elsewhere have a net impact of 0. For example, suppose a truck releases 150 g of CO2 in one mile, and actions to preserve a forest remove 150 g of CO2 from the atmosphere. If you purchase one carbon offset that supports forest preservation for each mile that a truck travels, then the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remain the same.
What is Cutting Edge Power doing to help our environment?
Cutting Edge Power pays an additional cost calculated by the Offset program for every product shipment as a service to our environment.
What project does Offset currently fund?
Offset is currently funding the Acapa – Bajo Mira y Frontera Forest Conservation Project in Colombia through Pachama. This is a Verified Carbon Standard certified project that will be verified by Pachama using their monitoring technology. The charges from Offset go towards protecting the existing forest, improving the biomass through better forest management practices, and verifying the progress of the project.
Acapa - Bajo Mira y Frontera
REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation
Verified Carbon Standard
WHY WE LOVE THIS PROJECT
Acapa - Bajo Mira y Frontera protects forest that is under direct communal ownership of the communities of Acapa and Bajo Mira y Frontera, who are the project owners and the indigenous Afro-Colombian descendent rights owners of these territories. The project is created in conjunction with NGO Fondo Acción which the communities have approved as the implementation agent. The project looks to protect the old-growth rainforest on the land. Historically, illegal timber extraction is an important source of income within the project zone and is the major focus of this project. Following from the gradual degradation of forests caused by continual timber extraction, many forest areas are ultimately converted to agriculture and pasture. The project aims to alleviate these pressures on the forests through the support of governance capacity (including individual property titling, land-use planning and conservation zone demarcation), the generation of alternative economic activities and income sources, and through capacity building in administration and management. By creating these alternative avenues and having the communities directly own and govern the project, the project looks to reduce the illegal harvesting.
Providing alternative livelihoods to community members is a core project activity, which aims to address the root cause of deforestation and forest degradation which is economic. This project will provide value chain infrastructure, technical training, and access to financial capital to support the sustainable extraction of non-timber forest products such as açai. Agricultural products on already converted lands such as cocoa, will be further developed and commercialized. The development of value chains provides income to farming families as well as community councils. It is assumed that people will shift towards these alternative livelihoods, which have a significantly greater return, than their current livelihoods, which rely on timber extraction. Since the project’s inception, local communities have actively participated. Community support has culminated in the project creation of Community Councils with legal representatives as well as a wide-reaching General Assembly which votes for representatives to ensure community governance.
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