Carbon Credits

Taken at Brandywine Falls in Canada a few years ago. I loved this place instantly.

Have you ever wondering what happened with your money after you purchased carbon credits? Or have you not ever purchased carbon credits because you weren’t sure how they worked? I am here to help.

 

I recently got back from two weeks in Nepal where I attended the wedding a friend of mine. It was absolutely amazing, but more on that later. I got to talking to one of the family members about Trekking Green and he mentioned that Nepal receives money because of all of the trees that they have through carbon credits. I was instantly intrigued and realized very quickly how little I knew about carbon credits.

 

One of the projects funded through carbon credits is run through the Nepal Biogas Promotion Association. NBPA funds biogas plant projects for homes in Nepal. The basic idea is that if biogas is able to be used as cooking fuel for the women of Nepal then the women are freed from finding wood every day and the family is freed from some respiratory problems caused by cooking inside homes with open fires. If you are curious about how a biogas plant works, NBPA has some great diagrams.

 

The second way that carbon credits benefit Nepal is through the trees that are so prevalent in Nepal. The amount of carbon dioxide that the trees in Nepal take in is estimated and they are provided compensation for exceeding that estimate by either planting more trees, not cutting down trees that are already there, and the like.

“Thus REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus) payments are allocated to local communities based on four basic elements: 1) the quantity of forest carbon saved above the baseline, 2) the number of households of indigenous peoples and minority groups, 3) the ratio of men and women, and 4) the number of poor households within the project area.”

 

Isn’t it amazing the things you learn while out and about in the world? What is your best bit of wisdom gained through travel?

 

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