With the Kyoto protocol coming to an end, a landmark moment in the carbon market is rapidly approaching. After three successful years, Do-inc is sad to announce we will cease our CDM consultancy activities from December 31st, 2012. All running projects and contracts will be finalised and honoured, but no new CDM assignments will be taken on by the company. Do-inc will continue focussing on project & market development, such as WakaWaka light.
As a pioneer Tocardo is a driving force in the development of the under-water turbine market. Tocardo International B.V. designs, engineers, develops and manufactures these turbines, that are expected to be a significant part of the future energy-mix. Do-inc supported Tocardo in developing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. In the fall of 2012 we have performed a self-analysis using a CSR policy tool based on the OECD guidelines and the ISO26000 implementation guidelines. This self-analysis is the first step towards fully embedded CSR in Tocardo and combined reporting with annual financial figures.
‘Assessing our carbon potential’ was the objective of IFDC’s request to Do-inc. An extensive feasibility study followed into the reforestation, cookstove dessiminitation, charcoal production, brick kiln assistance and efficient fertilizer use programmes of IFDC in DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
To zoom in on the charcoal, with the traditional technique 1m3 of wood (550-600 kg) charcoal producers typically produce 35-40 kg charcoal. With the improved technique, especially with the Casamançaise kiln and the rectangular kiln with chimney – both promoted by IFDC- they can prodcuce between 150-180 kg charcoal from 1m3 wood. An increase of four times. While at the same time fetching double the price because of the higher quality. Note: this is thus an eight time increase in income, not taking efficiency gains in cost and labour into account!
Do-inc. is developing the carbon component of the Wonderbag in South Africa.
The Wonderbag is a decorative canvas bag resembling a small bean bag or large tea cosy, but it is a clever device that acts as a heat retention cooker. A cook transfers a pot heated on a stove into the Wonderbag. Typically the food will be brought to a boil and then put in the bag where it continues to simmer. Once the pot is inside the bag the stove is no longer used to cook the dish. After some time in the bag, the dish is ready to eat. This results in fuel saving. In collaboration with Global Carbon Exchange (GCX), Do-inc is developing the documentation to register the Wonderbag programme as a grouped VCS project. The Wonderbag is produced by Natural Balance, a South African company. The first 350.000 bags are now in use and credits for this batch will directly be verified.
Our intern Mas Yoris de Vaal succesfully completed his graduate research based on his internship at Do-Inc. He studied the dynamics of the carbon market, with a particular focus on emerging environmental markets. During his research he investigated the question of “Which emerging environmental commodity market is best suited to trigger engagement of traditional CDM project developers in the period 2013-2020?” For more details on his research e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll send you the executive summary.
Last Monday, Katrin gave a lecture at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The lecture on carbon finance opportunities for cities was part of a 3 weeks summer school on “Urban Management Tools for Climate Change” directed at city planners from around the world.
For the 32nd time leading professionals gather in Tällberg around the question: ‘How on earth can we live together’. Claudia is participating in the forum and a leader programme in conjunction with it. This year, the main focus in the village in the North of Sweden is on the technological evolution and its impact on social, political, economic and environmental technologies. Tällberg sessions are streamed live at the foundations website.
We organised a stakeholder meeting Gold Standard style to discuss the sustainable impacts of our carbon project. The meeting in metro-manila was a great success, about 40 people attended. Almost all participants praised the project and were under the impression this project can really help to promote the efficient use of energy in the Philippines.
The ENECO CO2 Tour, a bicycle ride from Rotterdam to Cologne, is in full swing. Claudia is representing Do-inc in this adventurous ride together with about forty bankers, carbon traders, project developers and credit retailers along the river Rhine to arrive at the Carbon Expo 2012. Continue reading
At times of historically low carbon market prices and more and more CDM projects in the pipeline requesting registration before the 2012 deadline, the CDM Executive Board (EB) gathered for its 67th meeting in Bonn, Germany. Highlights we distilled are: suppressed demand and default fractions for non-renewable biomass.