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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 12:26

Hilarides Dairy Project

Hilarides Dairy Project

Location: Lindsay, California
Project type: Waste-to-Energy Biodigester
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste management
  • Controls odor & reduces local air pollution
  • Reduces local water pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies
  • Alternative source of income for local farmers
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:18

Fujian Nanridao Wind Project of China

Fujian Nanridao Wind Project of China

Location: Nanri Island of Putian City, Fujian Province of China
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) International Climate Change Services 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Limits environmental impact of energy production
  • No localized water or air pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies
  • Clean energy job opportunities
  • Stimulates local tourism
Thursday, 02 February 2012 17:08

news & media

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 10:04

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:47

carbonfree product certification

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CarbonFree® Product Certification is a meaningful, transparent way for you to provide environmentally-friendly, carbon neutral products to your customers. By determining a product’s carbon footprint, reducing it where possible and offsetting remaining emissions through our third-party validated carbon reduction projects, you can:

  • Differentiate your brand and product
  • Increase sales
  • Improve customer loyalty
  • Strengthen corporate social responsibility & environmental goals

 

See Our Certified Products

Florida Crystals
Grounds for Change
Motorola
Nika Water
Anvil

Leading companies are experiencing the benefits of their CarbonFree® Product Certification. 
Click here to view other CarbonFree Certified Products.

“The CarbonFree Product Certification has had a positive impact on sales and, more importantly in my mind, since the certification we have seen an increase in overall customer retention and satisfaction.”
—Kelsey Marshall, Co-founder, Grounds for Change

 

Get Started in Three Easy Steps:

Calculate the carbon footprint of your product. To get started,
contact us.
Offset with a project type:
  • Reforestation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
View our projects
Promote your partnership:
  • Use our CarbonFree logo
  • Blogs and newsletter articles
  • Custom web page and more
See full list of benefits

The Certification Process

  1. We help you conduct a product life-cycle assessment using the CarbonFree® Product Certification Carbon Footprint Protocol
  2. Certify your product(s) CarbonFree
  3. Identify ways to reduce your product's footprint
  4. Offset the product’s carbon footprint
  5. Review life-cycle assessment annually

We provide incentive for companies lowering a product’s carbon footprint by at least 10 percent! 
You may find your own cost savings in the process, while increasing customer satisfaction

Carbonfund.org conducted a webinar on the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program and more are planned. Please contact us for the webinar Powerpoint deck. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:08

Renewable Energy & Methane Projects

 

Renewable energy is critical to our fight against climate change. We simply must shift our world to a low-carbon economy and away from oil and coal. Experts agree we need a substantial reduction in CO2 over the next 40-50 years and this means we need renewable energy to replace fossil fuels now.

Carbonfund.org supports renewable energy and methane projects because they are not as cheap as coal, at least not yet. Your support is reducing CO2 emissions today and spurring investment tomorrow to help drive down the costs and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.

Renewable energy projects tend to be located outside crowded urban areas, helping smaller, local economies while reducing our reliance on fossil and foreign energy resources. Our renewable energy carbon offset projects meet the toughest industry standards and are third-party verified to ensure the highest quality. Read more about project selection.

Fight global warming now. Support these projects today!

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Bajaj Finserv Wind Project

Bajaj Finserv Wind Project

Location: Maharastra, India
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: TUV NORD CERT GmbH

Carbonfund.org supports the Bajaj Finserv Wind Project because it provides renewable electricity, supports local businesses and is a prime example of how wind projects can significantly contribute to a nation’s energy portfolio. Read more>>

 
Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester

Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester

Location: Chino Basin, California
Project type: Waste-to-Energy Biodigester
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol
Verification/Validation: Environmental Resources Trust

The Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester Project generates clean electricity from local manure. Carbonfund.org helps this renewable energy project successfully reduce more than 8,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year and support local dairy farms. Read more>>

 
Freund’s Farm Dairy Methane Project

Freund’s Farm Dairy Methane Project

Location: East Cannan, Connecticut
Project type: Waste-to-Energy Biodigester
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: Agri-Waste Technology

Carbonfund.org supports the Freund’s Farm Dairy Methane Project because it helps to reduce heat-trapping methane emissions which in turn, lessen the impact of global climate change. Freund’s Farm installed a 62-foot anaerobic biodigester that receives approx 3,600 gallons of manure each day from 240 cows and reduces up to 1,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions each year. Biodigesters capture methane generated by manure and transform it into a clean, renewable energy source. Read more>>

 
Fujian Nanridao Wind Project of China

Fujian Nanridao Wind Project of China

Location: Nanri Island of Putian City, Fujian Province of China
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) International Climate Change Services

The nineteen turbines that make up this wind project have a total generation capacity of approximately 16.15 megawatts. In addition, this project promotes sustainable development by expanding local employment opportunities. Read more>>

 
Gardner Sanitary Landfill Methane Project

Gardner Sanitary Landfill Methane Project

Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: First Environment, Inc.

As landfills harbor methane from trash, the project destroys the landfill methane, which is approximately 23 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Read more>>

 
Gujarat Wind Projects

Gujarat Wind Projects

Location: Gujarat, India
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: Agri-Waste Technologies

The Aggregated Wind Projects of Gujarat have made it possible for 52 owners to combine their 65 wind turbines into a single project. Each of the turbines has a capacity between 0.35 megawatts and 1.5 megawatts and collectively, they produce 59 megawatts of renewable electricity. Read more>>

 
Haubenschild Dairy Methane Project

Haubenschild Dairy Methane Project

Location: Princeton, Minnesota
Project type: Waste-to-Energy Biodigester
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc.

Carbonfund.org supports the Haubenschild Dairy Methane Project because it helps to reduce heat-trapping methane emissions which in turn, lessen the impact of global climate change. Biodigesters capture methane generated by manure and transform it into a clean, renewable energy source. Read more>>

 
Hilarides Dairy Project

Hilarides Dairy Project

Location: Lindsay, California
Project type: Waste-to-Energy Biodigester
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc.

Carbonfund.org supports the Hilarides Dairy Project because it helps to reduce heat-trapping methane emissions which in turn, lessen the impact of global climate change. The Hilarides Farm is home to 6,000 cows and each year and the project reduces approximately 18,500 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. Read more>>

 
Kalani Wind Farm

Kalani Wind Farm

Location: Rajasthan, India
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: E-Square Verification Pvt. Limited

The Kalani Wind Farm was the first private wind turbine project to be constructed in the state of Rajasthan. This project consists of 12 turbines, each with a capacity of 0.23 megawatts, for a total output of 2.76 megawatts.Read more>>

 
Neria Small Hydroelectric Project

Neria Small Hydroelectric Project

Location: Karnataka State of India
Project type: Hydroelectric Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) International Climate Change Services

As a run-of-river hydroelectric project, this project provides a sustainable source of renewable energy that does not require the displacement of people nor a dam. The project is located near the famous Dharmasthala temple village on the River Neria. Read more>>

 
New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

Location: Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts
Project type: Landfill Gas-to-Energy
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol and the Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: First Environment, Inc.

This project produces approximately 3.3 megawatt hours of clean electricity from landfill gas. The project not only produces power for the regional electricity grid, but also reduces the amount of methane released into our atmosphere. Read more>>

 
New Hope View Dairy Methane Project

New Hope View Dairy Methane Project

Location: Homer, New York
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc

Carbonfund.org supports the New Hope View Dairy Methane Project because it helps to reduce heat-trapping methane emissions which in turn, lessen the impact of global climate change. Biodigesters essentially capture methane generated by manure and transform it into a clean, renewable energy source. Read more>>

 
New York State Landfill Methane Project

New York State Landfill Methane Project

Location: Rodman, New York
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol
Verification/Validation: First Environment, Inc.

This project breaks down methane, which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. The heat released in this methane destruction process can provide alternative energy to several counties and warm a nearby greenhouse. Read more>>

 
North Country Landfill Methane Project

North Country Landfill Methane Project

Location: Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol and the Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: First Environment, Inc.

This project destroys landfill methane and prevents 7,200 gallons of landfill leachate from entering the local groundwater. Methane destruction is vital to a cleaner atmosphere because it is 23 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.Read more>>

 
Small Scale Indian Wind Projects

Small Scale Indian Wind Projects

Location: Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, India
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd

The Small Scale Indian Wind Projects consist of six turbines, each with a capacity between 225 kilowatts and 750 kilowatts, which collectively produce about 5,800 megawatts of electricity each year. In addition to providing renewable electricity, Carbonfund.org supports the Small Scale Indian Wind Projects because they support local communities and are a leading example of how wind energy can significantly contribute to India’s increasing energy demands. Read more>>

 
 
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:08

our projects

Carbonfund.org supports three types of carbon offset projects; each type plays an important role in the fight against climate change. The projects we support are third-party certified to meet the same high standards that thousands of companies, organizations, and governments rely on to ensure quality environmental protection.

 

Project Standards

Our projects are third-party certified to the highest international standards, and our project portfolio is audited annually and available online. Read more in project standards.

Your Carbon, Your Choice™

We know some people prefer renewable energy, while others prefer trees or efficiency. So we figured it’s your carbon, your choice. When you donate, you have the option of selecting your preferred carbon offset type.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:07

highest quality standards

carbonfund.org's quality assurance protocol

At Carbonfund.org, we are committed to supporting and providing the highest quality carbon reduction projects. For this purpose, we developed the Carbonfund.org Quality Assurance Protocol which ensures that every project meets or exceeds international certification standards and our additional set of criteria before it qualifies to be a part of our project portfolio.

Third-Parties Make the Quality

Carbonfund.org supports the highest quality carbon reduction projects in the world. Whether it’s heat-trapping methane emissions on a Connecticut dairy farm or protecting Brazilian rainforests from slash and burn deforestation, we ensure our projects meet the highest global standards.

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The hallmarks of our quality carbon reduction projects are:

  • Third-party certification standards (see below)
  • Third-party validation and on-going verification that projects meet those standards
  • Third-party annual audit.

Carbonfund.org supports and develops projects from around the world to leading certification standards. We can help your company identify projects adhering to any of the following standards:

Carbon Reduction Third-Party Certification Standards
  American Carbon Registry
  Chicago Climate Exchange 
  Clean Development Mechanism
  Climate Action Reserve
  Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards
  Gold Standard
  Joint Implementation 
  ISO-14064
  Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 
  Social Carbon
  Verified Carbon Standard
  California Carbon Offsets

Essential Criteria
All carbon offset projects are held to a uniform set of benchmarks to maintain a consistently high level of quality. Our standards, as well as those of leading certification bodies, address these essential criteria for carbon reduction projects:

Real: The quantified greenhouse gas or carbon reductions must represent actual emission reductions. These reductions are based on approved methodologies or protocols which require rigorous monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of the project’s activities.

Additional: Additionality requires the carbon emission reductions to be above and beyond business as usual. This means reductions are additional if they would not have occurred in the absence of the project. Importantly, additionality should be determined by an independent third-party, a requirement for internationally accepted standards. Additionality should not be self-determined and should not be self-defined, as each internationally accepted standard defines it. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency, and most other standards, define additionality as greenhouse gas reductions that must be surplus to regulation and beyond what would have happened in the absence of the project or in a business-as-usual scenario based on a performance standard methodology.

Permanent: Permanence is commonly referred to as the useful life of a project in reducing carbon emissions. Third-party standards such as the Climate Action Reserve, Verified Carbon Standard, Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, American Carbon Registry and the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism all address and account for permanence. These and other third-party standards also address permanence for forest-based carbon offset projects such as reforestation and avoided deforestation. A project should be independently certified to a standard to ensure permanence and other criteria for real carbon reductions are met.

Verifiable: The greenhouse gas or carbon reductions must result from projects whose performance can be readily and accurately quantified, monitored and verified by independent, third-party auditors.

Leakage: Leakage is the positive or negative impacts of a project on the surrounding area outside the project’s boundary. Carbonfund.org works with projects with the least likelihood of creating negative impacts.

Carbonfund.org’s Additional Qualifying Criteria
In addition to projects being certified to leading international standards, our due diligence process goes even further by looking at additional qualifying criteria to assess projects.  Our Portfolio includes projects that benefit the local environments in which they take place and contribute to the global effort against climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our review process evaluates projects based on:

Project Location
Climate change is a global concern and we all need to be a part of the solution. By selecting projects across the US, as well as internationally, we are able to facilitate action from different corners of the world.

The geographic location is also an important factor in determining the type of project. For instance, Brazil and Nicaragua have rich tropical rainforests that sequester carbon dioxide, while the US’s Great Plains are ideal for wind projects.

Market Transformation
One of our goals is to make clean-energy affordable and cost less than its dirty counterparts such as coal. Carbonfund.org seeks to work with projects that have the potential to lead to vast market transformation in and around the project's location.  This enables our funding to be leveraged and act as a catalyst for our clean energy future.

Co-Benefits
The additional co-benefits we look for in projects can be categorized as benefits for the environment and social benefits.

Environmental benefits 
In addition to greenhouse gas mitigation or sequestration, many projects provide a range of additional ecosystem services that enhance biodiversity, preserve natural habitats, control erosion, reduce localized air and water pollution, and more.

Social benefits
The projects we select not only benefit the environment but also improve the socio-economic conditions by providing clean energy, creating jobs, technological advancement, opportunities conducive to trade and development of the community as a whole.

An Inspiring Story
Climate change touches all of us and Carbonfund.org supports projects which help in a meaningful way.  We emphasize projects which tell an inspiring story and to which people can relate - whether it is protecting rainforests, restoring croplands back to native forests, or creating jobs for local communities and indigenous people.

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