Recently, a comprehensive quality assessment conducted by Berkeley has shed light on the effectiveness of various cookstove projects in generating carbon credits. The study, published in Nature Sustainability, delves into the methodologies used to quantify the climate benefits of improved cookstove projects. It highlights the significance of accurately measuring these benefits, as carbon credits derived from such projects are crucial for meeting emissions reduction targets and promoting carbon-neutral products. The study also reveals a concerning trend of over-crediting among existing methodologies, raising questions about the credibility of these credits.

Amidst these findings, certain projects stand out for their commitment to quality and impact and we’re proud to be among them. Our inclusion in the list of quality projects underscores our commitment and contribution to both environmental and social well-being.

As consumers and project developers navigate the complex landscape of carbon credits, guidance is essential for identifying quality projects. The study offers clear recommendations for credit buyers, emphasizing the importance of selecting projects aligned with WHO health standards. Additionally, it highlights the Gold Standard’s Metered and Measured methodology as a reliable framework for monitoring fuel use and ensuring accurate estimation of project benefits.

Beyond cookstove projects, the study’s methodology provides a valuable framework for assessing offset quality across various sectors. By addressing the overarching crisis of quality in the offset market, initiatives like ours, as well as: Better Cooking Company Limited / Ecosafi, Emerging Cooking Solutions, ATEC, PayGo Energy, and FairClimateFund, can serve as beacons of trust and accountability.

We sincerely hope that the Berkeley study, as well as subsequent publicity in the Guardian, serve as a wake-up call for the carbon offset market, urging stakeholders to prioritize transparency and accuracy in quantifying emissions reductions. The potential of clean cooking solutions to drive meaningful change on a global scale is enormous, and with everyone pushing for a greater accountable industry, we all win.

You can read the Berkeley Carbon Trading Project Guidance for cookstove offset buyers here