Types of Carbon Offsetting Projects
Jun 23 2021
EcoCart, an environment and sustainability based startup, has been sponsoring carbon offsetting projects since its founding 2 years ago. From forest protection to cookstove projects, EcoCart has offset over 25 million pounds of carbon and protected over 800,000 trees to date!
Carbon offsetting projects work to actively reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Funding forest protection, ocean protection, or technology that creates fewer emissions, like clean energy, all help to reduce the world’s temperature and the risks of climate change.
EcoCart’s carbon offsetting projects all support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These goals outline a better and more sustainable planet for all while protecting vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change. Our projects do both environmental and social good!
We value having a robust and diverse portfolio of projects that protect everything ranging from the forest to clean energy. All of these projects help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and help various aspects of the environment – the ocean, forests, air, and more. Here are some of the projects we’ve started thus far.
Around the world, thousands of tons of trash are heaped onto piles creating carbon emissions and destroying the land and environment nearby. Composting is a natural and more eco-friendly alternative, allowing food waste, plant waste, and other materials to quickly be broken down and put back into the environment as healthy soil!
For example, our composting project in Brazil recycles swine waste, effectively reducing over 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year! This project is aligned with several of the UN’s sustainability goals that protect the ocean and land, as well as promoting economic growth.
Wind farms are a sustainable source of energy. Unlike solar panels, which are expensive and easy to damage, wind farms are relatively easy to set up and maintain. By using renewable energy, regions don’t have to worry about extracting fossil fuels; This an improvement both financially and for the environment, as the use of fossil fuels releases pollutants into the air and contributes to the climate crisis.
EcoCart has a few wind farm projects around the world. The Sidrap Wind Farm Project in Indonesia creates 235,000 megawatt-hours of energy every year! For perspective, a single megawatt-hour can power the average American home for over a month. This project also created 35 new jobs for locals, aiding in economic growth in the region.
EcoCart also helped build new wind turbines in Bulgaria, powering over 90,000 homes in the region every year! Both of these wind turbine projects have been able to promote UN sustainable development goals around providing clean energy, economic growth, and taking climate action.
Around the world, people rely on fuel-heavy cookstoves to make their meals. These cookstoves often require a lot of firewood, coal, or other material to power. Searching for fuel can be a dangerous task, especially in rural regions where these resources aren’t as easy to obtain. Women and girls often have to travel miles outside their camps to search for firewood, risking their lives in the process.
In Chad, Myanmar, and other countries around the world, EcoCart has helped provide fuel-efficient cookstoves. In many places where fuel is expensive, these cookstoves have enabled families to spend their money in other important categories like health and education and be at less risk from dangerous gas emissions, promoting health and economic growth. These fuel-efficient cookstoves have also reduced carbon emissions and deforestation, protecting these regions for centuries to come.
These fuel-efficient cookstoves have had a large impact on communities around the world, providing gender equality, peace, and good health among other UN sustainable development goals.
How does EcoCart verify these projects?
Through established environmental companies like the Climate Action Reserve, American Carbon Registry, VERRA, and Gold Standard, EcoCart has been able to verify and choose carbon offsetting projects that help people all over the world. These environmental agencies are well established and thoroughly vet projects before EcoCart supports them, and ensure these projects adopt environmental standards like the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that their projects are both environment and people-friendly. These goals outline specific issues like gender equality, good health, and global warming, creating a framework for projects to follow and ensure that everyone has access to a greener and healthier planet.
Brands that use EcoCart can help support these projects. By adding EcoCart to your store, every purchase can be offset and contribute to EcoCart’s several carbon offsetting projects. Not only do these projects offset the environmental impact of orders, but they are also able to help communities big and small around the world have access to a cleaner, safer, and healthier place to live. Add EcoCart to your store today to help change the world.