What is Carbon Offsetting?

Carbon offsetting is a way to compensate for carbon emissions that you can’t reduce by funding carbon saving projects elsewhere.

One Carbon Offset = One tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent

There are all sorts of carbon offsetting projects that reduce carbon emissions, from solar farms, wind turbines, hydroelectric projects to fuel-efficient cookstoves. The prices vary enormously. You need to decide your motivation for whichever project you choose to offset your carbon footprint with. Should it be solely based on price or the other benefits the project delivers?

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A traditional three stone fire in Malawi
The traditional three-stone fire which uses more wood
Our fuel-efficient cookstove helps offset your carbon footprint
The cookstove is safe, easy and economical to use
Less firewood is needed when you offset your carbon footprint
Each cookstove saves two bundles of wood a week

Why Offset your Carbon Footprint with us?

Our fuel-efficient cookstove projects are registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), operated and administered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. We have applied the rigorous CDM Standard to our activities, to measure our progress and demonstrate accountability and transparency.

Ripple Africa’s founders didn’t start the project just to sell carbon offsets but wanted to improve the lives of the local people in Malawi and protect the remaining forests. The added benefit to you by buying our carbon credits is that the money goes to continue funding fuel-efficient cookstoves, as well as supporting our many other environment, education and healthcare projects. Another great reason to offset your carbon footprint with us.

When you have decided how many tonnes of carbon you want to offset, you can purchase them below.  Alternatively, these can be found on the official United Nations carbon offset platform here. If you require more information or would like to purchase large volumes of carbon offsets, please contact Geoff Furber.

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About the Fuel-efficient Cookstove Project

We have helped the people of Nkhata Bay District Malawi to build 40,000 Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace their inefficient and dangerous three stone fires. Each cookstove saves two bundles of wood per week – that is 80,000 bundles of wood saved every week.

  • Safer – less risk of burns and smoke inhalation
  • Saves trees – reduces wood used for cooking by using only one third of the firewood
  • Saves time and money – saves time collecting wood or saves money buying wood
  • Faster cooking – two things can be cooked at the same time on the two burners
  • Easy and cheap to build – uses free local materials and takes one hour to build
  • Local people love their Changu Changu Moto

How Do We Know It’s Working?

We are continuously working to ensure our efficient cookstove activities are:

  • regularly monitored,
  • independently audited, and
  • verifiable.

Join the many other individuals and corporates that have offset their carbon footprint with us.

What is the Clean Development Mechanism or CDM?

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is one of the flexible mechanisms that developed countries can use in meeting their targets under the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). CDM allows the implementation of projects that avoid or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. For each tonne of emissions that is removed or avoided, the CDM issues one CER subject to international verification process.

CDM projects set out to achieve two goals: (a) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and (b) to support sustainable development in developing countries.

This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals: