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Four technology streams to enable offsets and build carbon avoidance
 

Technology streams: Carbon finance for sustainable impact through renewable and circular capacity building

Building renewable energy capacity is one of the most effective ways to combat carbon emissions, and at the same time provide rural communities with access to affordable energy and an opportunity to improve their standard of living.

In our vision, a carbon financing model done right is one that creates impact in all three pillars of sustainable development: The financial, the environmental, and the social. We have identified four technology streams to enable in the CarbonClear model that all achieve that through innovative and rurally accessible solutions.

CarbonClear Solar

The technology stream that proved the model

The CarbonClear model has been proven in partnership with some of the largest distributors of solar home systems in Africa and the Americas, as well as through collaboration with ENGIE SA, the world’s third largest utility company. Our model has become the leading carbon credit solution for the solar off-grid sector. 

 

Enabling quantifiable CO₂ emission reductions

Solar projects enable the issuance of quantifiable CO₂ emission reductions based on the solar home systems and solar off-grid installations created by programme partners in developing economies. Primary locations for CarbonClear Solar projects are Latin America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia. 

 

Trackable data from micro-grid operators

Our partnering projects distribute solar panel systems in developing communities, simultaneously collecting data and energy. This data is imported from the micro-grid operators via third party software and sent to our ledger. The results are then transformed into unique digital credits, monetised, and sold to interested parties on the VCM. 

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CarbonClear Clean Cooking

Cleaning up pollution from cooking fuels

“Nearly one out of three people rely on polluting cooking fuels like charcoal, wood, and kerosene. Such “dirty cooking” is a leading source of carbon emissions and kills some four million people each year.” - Clean Cooking Alliance.

 

The purpuse of this stream is to accelerate the development and distribution of next-generation clean cooking solutions. The Clean Cooking Carbon Finance Initiative (CCCFI) is an inclusive membership-based stakeholder network aimed at creating tech-enabled and data-driven solutions that will drive the mobilisation of climate finance to the emerging clean cooking 2.0 sector. 

 

The working groups within the CCCFI include; design and implement pilot projects, develop and verify new data-driven methodologies, showcase technology demonstrations, and test and implement innovative financial instruments that leverage climate assets and help bring more up-front capital to the sector.

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CarbonClear Waste to Energy

Building energy streams from organic waste

With generation of over 105 billion tonnes of organic waste globally every year, biogas can improve the quality of life for people in the remotest villages, operational at all scales. Biogas can reduce global GHG emissions by 10%, however only 2% of organic waste is currently treated and recycled. 

 

CarbonClear is currently in discussions with potential partners to develop its Waste-to-Energy technology stream and intends to build pilot demonstrations within the next year.

 

Using bacteria to transform waste to energy

Bacteria can be used to break down organic waste in the form of scraps and animal manure, producing biogas and fertiliser. This solution can reduce the need for agricultural inputs, increase productivity, reduce vulnerabilities and decrease general emissions. There is largely untapped potential in these programs, which we aim to seek and test.

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CarbonClear Sanitation

Enabling safe rural sanitation solutions

With an approximate 4 billion people without access to a functioning toilet, it is important to facilitate access to safe sanitation and new sources of energy in order to reduce disease, child mortality, and pollution. Human waste should be reimagined as a valuable resource which can be reused in a safe and circular fashion. 

 

A new, waterless model for community sanitation

Sanitation-as-a-service is an emerging model whereby technology can be used as an important instrument in measuring and monitoring container based units. Waterless toilet technologies and systems employ a range of various processes all resulting in new resources, revenue streams and CO₂ absorption. 

 

Whilst this technology stream is still emerging, there are slow developments and standards with regard to carbon credits. This will be a future stream for CarbonClear to delve into, aiming to support industry, equality, environment, and economies within developing nations.