Singapore-based media organisation Eco-Business took another step forward in its sustainability advocacy on September 8, when it attained a 'Climate Neutral Company' certification from Swiss-based emission reduction projects developer South Pole Carbon.
As Asia Pacific's leading sustainability news site, Eco-Business covers clean tech, smart city innovations, and sustainable development topics among others. Its carbon offsets—that is, a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide made in order to compensate for an emission made elsewhere—will be used to support reforestation efforts in Zimbabwe.
The project offsets Eco-Business' emissions from electricity use in 2016— which is 6.693 tonnes of carbon dioxide with Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs).
Eco-Business' offsets help fund the Kariba Avoided Deforestation Project in Zimbabwe, which has been torn apart by war, overpopulation and economic collapse over the past 20 years.
According to South Pole Carbon, these factors have caused communities to seek refuge in forests, and have been clearing trees to make space for farmland and as fuel for their homes. As a result, more than a third of Zimbabwe's majestic forests have disappeared.
This project ensures that 785,000 hectares of forest and wildlife on the southern shores of Zimbabwe's Lake Kariba are now being protected.
This article was originally published by Eco-Business and has been edited for length. View the original article here.