What is GHG?
Greenhouse gas (sometimes abbreviated GHG) is a gas in an atmosphere that absorbs and emits solar radiation (the suns rays). This is the fundamental cause of the greenhouse effect, where solar radiation is trapped within the earth’s atmosphere. The primary greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone.
Since the beginning of the Industrial revolution, the burning of fossil fuels (diesel, petrol and kerosene) has contributed to the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from 280ppm to 390ppm (parts per million). This increase in carbon dioxide has resulted in an increase in trapped solar radiation and temperature, more commonly known as climate change (global warming). This does not mean that everywhere will get drier and hotter, but that weather systems are likely to become more unpredictable, seriously effecting rural people.
of global GHG emissions arise from deforestation – that’s more than the worlds entire transport sector. In Tanzania 65% of GHG emissions arise from deforestation – That’s more than power generation, transport and industry. Carbon dioxide is stored in woody biomass (trees) and released when the tree is cut down and burnt or converted to charcoal. Carbon is also stored in the soil so when trees are removed the soil carbon is also released into the atmosphere.
“Electricity generation in Tanzania is one of the greenest in the world with Hydropower accounting for approximately 50%, emissions from the national grid are 0.060 KG / CO2 per KwH).”
In Tanzania, the main driver of deforestation is poorly planned agriculture and biomass consumption (charcoal manufacture).
Carbon Tanzania provides services to tourism companies who wish to reduce or ‘offset’ there carbon emissions – Carbon Tanzania does this by contracting with villages or communities that live on forested lands that are being deforested by paying them to reduce deforestation and degradation – resulting in a reduction in carbon emissions being produced [now and in the future].
Carbon Tanzania has been in operation since 2008 and is Tanzania’s leading emissions offset provider
Carbon Tanzania is generating emissions offsets through innovative and cutting edge community forest management initiatives that are already bringing genuine, tangible benefits to people in rural environments.
Carbon Tanzania is the ONLY project developer in the private sector with the skills and capacity to work effectively with both the international voluntary carbon markets, local communities, professional advisory bodies and government institutions.
Carbon Tanzania combines progressive thinking in climate change issues with practical and flexible solutions to the real and increasing ecological and land-use change challenges of today’s developing world.
Carbon Tanzania measures the amount of carbon emitted by your companies activities, this constitutes mainly fossil fuels, and converts this to a carbon value. This carbon value is then represented in our registry and offset by supporting land use protection in Mongo Wa Mono, Yeada.
25tCO2e (25 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide) is equivalent to 1 ha of woodland protected.
To give you an example, a vehicle travelling 20,000km a year with an average consumption of 9km / lt diesel would cost 60USD per year to offset or 50cents a day at 150 days.
If you would like to discuss emission reduction in your company contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.