For the first 4 years after the Clean Development Mechanism was set up by the UNFCCC, the only pro-poor CDM Projects in the world were found in Chickballapur district of South India. Impressive resources have been tapped for pro-poor rural CDM Projects.
- ADATS registered a 5,500 domestic Biogas units CDM Project with the UNFCCC in December 2005. This project is also certified under Gold Standard.
These units have already been built at a cost of € 1.1 million got through the forward sale of the first 7 years' CER generation to Velcan Energy, France.
As on 31st April 2015, our commitment to the Carbon Investor to deliver 136,871 GS CERs got completed. Henceforth, every Rupee of Carbon Revenue obtained from selling the Offsets will go directly to End User women who generated them through the operation of their Biogas units.
- The Bagepalli Coolie Sangha (BCS) registered another 18,000 Biogas units CDM Project with the UNFCCC in August 2009.
BCS signed an ERPA with FairClimateFund, the Netherlands, to built 18,000 units and forward sell 384,144 yet-to-be-generated GS CERs that will be generated in 9 years, for € 4.9 million.
In February 2014, this ERPA was subsequently modified to 12,000 units, 233,827 GS CERs and € 2.98 million. As on 10 June 2015, 11,633 units have been constructed and 103,416 GS CERs generated — i.e. 44% of commitment has been met.
- An A/R CDM to plant trees on 18,000 hectares of rain fed dry lands was registered with the UNFCCC in May 2011.
644 families have planted 135,548 saplings on 1,152 acres and sequestered about 9,000 tCO2-e
We decided to convert this into a Gold Standard Project for Agroforestry and merge it with our Sustainable Agriculture activities. We expect 6,500 GS VERs to be issued in the next months.
- An Improved Cookstoves CDM Project to provide 4,000 women with fuel efficient Woodstoves was registered with the UNFCCC in December 2012.
1,965 women have each bought two Chulika Woodstoves with loans provided by their respective village Coolie Credit Funds. As on 10 June 2015, they have generated Emission Reductions to the tune of 5,832 CERs
ADATS has taken the lead to form the Fair Climate Network since we are involved in this field for almost 19 years, and believe it our duty to transfer experiential learning to other grassroots bodies.
For more information on CDM, please visit the Fair Climate Website.