Our thoughts on Carbon Credits

Here is an article I read recently in the Business Standard: “The Challenge of the Chulha”

This line caught my attention: “Designing technologies for diversity and affordability is much more complex than sending a man to the moon.” The article talks about the impact of black carbon – the soot – that is causing an impact on climate change. Apparently 18% of the problem, comes from these cooking stoves.

“So replace them” is the prescription of the international community. But the article also rightly points out the double standards in the pollution sphere.
“This ‘survival’ emission is being equated with the ‘luxury’ emissions of you and I, who drive to work and live in air-conditioned comfort.”

It got me thinking about the subject of carbon credits. I am a keen follower of the subject of carbon credits. At a philosophical level, I have some concerns. While, I agree that it will increase awareness about environmentally responsible production methods among manufacturers and incentivise them to take more accountability for greening the earth, I also think at some level, that the trading on carbon credit dilutes the intention. It seems to give the buyers the right to pollute.

I am sure that the concept and trading of carbon credits will take its own course.. and perhaps pitch itself at a level that is responsible and right for the environment.

We, at Servals, are hoping to do just that. With our current range of kerosene burners that reduce the carbon emission, we are hoping that our futuristic range of vegetable oil stoves and vegetable oil lamps, will take us one step closer towards our environmental responsibility. At least, these are low carbon initiatives. Read here about how we believe our products reduce the carbon footprint.

But for now, I agree with the article’s bottomline: “Simply replacing the chulha won't help, we have to help the poor use clean renewable energy.”

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odbhaskaran said...

Carbon offsets aim to neutralize the amount of Co2 emissions contribution by funding projects which should cause an equal reduction of emissions somewhere else, such as tree planting. Under the premise, first reduce what you can, then offset the remainder, offsetting can be done by supporting a responsible carbon project, or by buying carbon credits. Offsetting is sometimes seen as a charged and contentious issue. For example, Carbon Trade Watch describes offsets as “modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon-conscious public to absolve their climate sins.”


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