What if climate pledges become reality?
Why start today, why here?
Time for bold decisions.
equio supports corporations and investors in their efforts to become climate leaders by supporting avoidance and removal projects around the globe.
We are in the middle of the most fundamental transformation of our lifetime. There is too much CO2 in the atmosphere and we keep emitting too much, globally. It is time to act now. It is time to move from reactive to proactive, from climate action to climate equity, from OR to AND.
Reduce the residual emissions in our own value chain.
Help those who need support to avoid emissions.
Remove carbon from the air.
How can you move from or to and?
The power to avoid:
Avoidance projects support communities in emerging and developing regions to live carbon efficient by equipping them with proven, scalable solutions. Such solutions offer strong positive co-benefits (e.g. less smoke exposure, clean water, food security) for local communities.
Avoids carbon. Enables change. For everyone.
2.5+ billion people do not have access to clean and energy efficient cooking technologies or even clean water. Household projects address this need, empowering communities.
Household project types:
The beauty to remove:
Removal projects range from natural solutions promoting biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to innovative carbon capturing approaches leveraging technological advancements. Their common denominator: remove carbon from the air and store it safely.
Removes carbon. Repairs damages. For everyone.
Combining best of both worlds - natural solutions and technological or scientific innovations - hybrid solutions represent scalable carbon removal solutions, usually with co-benfits.
Hybrid project types:
Ocean alkalinity enhancement
How do we ensure that projects actually reduce carbon?
While various standards to certify carbon avoidance and removal effects exist, two standards have established themselves as a prime seal of approval.
While Verra offers a standard solely focused on carbon effects and acknowledges co-benefits in seperate standards, Gold Standard includes the requirement to address co-benefits already as part of the carbon certification. A collaboration with FairTrade adds upon further requirements to get such co-certification.
Gold Standard for the global goals
What is our quality assessment approach?
Ambitious plans. Scientific foundations. Rigorous monitoring.
We believe a path towards a carbon neutral future requires ambitous planning and courages decisions. However, it can only be successful if measures and resulting effects on carbon are thouroughly planned and based on proven scientific methodologies. Such carbon effects should only be claimed based on achieved results, rather than future expectations.
That is why, at equio we only work with projects that follow methodological guidance by the leading carbon standards Verra and Gold Standard.
Our assessment framework.
Our framework is based on three perspectives to gather insights to a carbon project: carbon effects, financial viability, and reputational robustness.
Are carbon reductions planned accurately? Are planned project elements of high quality? Is planned project timeline for deliver of carbon credits realistic?
Are implementation and operations costs planned accurately? Does the project comply with all regulatory standards? Will the project be able to generate enough revenue to serve the investors?
Are there any negative effects that the project may cause? Does the project developer and other project participants comply with highest labor and human rights standards?
Our assessment process.
We perform a business screening for all projects on the platform. For investment opportunities in particular, our expert partners provide an in-depth analysis via due diligence and extended monitoring.
Proper business background check on the project developer (e.g. anti-money laundering, credit worthiness, sanction lists, etc.) and on the project (e.g. press check, project area stability index, etc.)
Assessment of the project oppotunity on how feasible and well-planned it is and what potential risks around the successful implementation and operations of the project are.
Based on identified risks, regular reporting by the project developer, ongoing background and press monitoring as well as regular expert verification of carbon effects.
Community-led afforestation in Africa.
Subsistence farmers are disproportionately affected by the adverse impacts of climate change. TIST embraces an innovative, green, sustainable approach to mitigating carbon emissions through tree planting and sustainable agriculture. TIST farmers build resilient, sustainable livelihoods for their families and communities. TIST builds awareness and capacity for agroforestry and restoration of degraded soils through regular training and monetizing the carbon sequestered in trees.
It returns 70% of the profits from carbon credits sales to the TIST Farmers as carbon financing.
Cleaner cooking in rural India.
The Cook stove manufacturer is on a mission to distribute their improved cook stove to 1 billion people.
Currently, large parts of rural communities around the globe still cook on rudimentary and inefficient fire places. These cause unnecessary high amounts of smoke and carbon, resulting in health issues for women and children. Greenways cook stoves need significantly lower amounts of biomass and lead to 66% less carbon emissions and less toxic smoke per meal. Good for the planet. Good for the people.
Offgrid solar lights for rural Namibia.
by Namene Solar
In Namibia, 54% of the population do not have access to electricity. Instead, households use kerosene or paraffin lamps and candles to light their homes and obtain dim, low-quality light. Dangerous in handling and cousing toxic fumes, such lighting is not only a heavy carbon emitter but also a threat to the health of the rural households.
Namene's low cost and highly durable pico solar lights offer clean energy access to over one million people in Namibia.