How carbon offsetting with solar lights cuts emissions, reduces poverty and saves lives

There’s more to carbon offsetting than planting trees. Namene Solar’s innovative carbon offsetting solar project is the first of its kind in Zambia. Our lights cut carbon emissions, reduce poverty and have truly life-changing impacts.

In rural Zambia, 90% of people live below the extreme poverty line of $1.25 a day. This means they also live in energy poverty, without access to electricity.

They rely on dangerous, expensive fossil-fuel based lighting such as kerosene lamps. These lamps emit carbon dioxide and can cause fatal fires.

Our solar lights replace these outdated, toxic lamps with clean, renewable solar light at the push of a button.

Until now, getting solar lights into the hands of people living in energy poverty in Zambia has been limited by their affordability.

But, by offsetting their carbon emissions with our Gold Standard-certified Verified Emissions Reductions, we’re breaking the affordability barrier for solar lights.

Here’s how it works…

What is the voluntary carbon market?

What is a carbon credit?

One tCO2e is roughly the monthly energy consumption of an average American household.

Carbon credits are achieved when a project implements an activity or introduces a technology that reduces carbon emissions beyond what it would have been if the project did not exist.

That means the project activity is additional and contributes to reducing emissions from the atmosphere.

By purchasing carbon credits, a company, investor or eco-conscious individual is contributing to the fight against climate change and helping to finance a carbon project to take place and continue operating.

What does Gold Standard mean?

Every Gold Standard certified project must include gender-sensitive and inclusive stakeholder design. This means it is designed with input from the people who are going to benefit from the project.

It must follow environmental and social safeguarding principles, and contribute toward at least three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring the greatest impact is delivered for every dollar channelled to projects.

You can read more about it at: https://www.goldstandard.org/impact-quantification/gold-standard-global-goals

How do you measure the project impact?

As a part of the Gold Standard certification process, our projects adhere to the ‘do no harm’ principle, consult with local stakeholders, and we ensure the projects not only help protect the climate by contributing to SDG 13, Climate Action, but also benefit local communities by contributing to two additional SDGs, such as SDG1: No Poverty, and SDG 7: Sustainable Energy for All.

Impacts are monitored during the whole project and reported as part of the Gold Standard certification process. This ensures that our project impacts are real, measurable, and verified by an independent third party.

Our SM100 solar lights replace dangerous, expensive fossil-fuel based lighting with clean, renewable light.

How can I offset my carbon emissions?

carbon offsetting allows organisations and individuals to support the transition to a low-carbon future. You can calculate your carbon emissions using an online carbon footprint calculator, such as the offered by WWF UK.

If you are an organisation interested in buying carbon credits from Namene Solar, please get in touch with us at climate@namenesolar.com

Where can I get more information?

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