Carbon offsetting in India: Biomass Power Project in Chhattisgarh

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Replacing the burning of fossil fuels with renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve natural resources. 


Chhattisgarh is an East-Central state in India, and one of the leading producers of coal in the country. Coal is a finite natural resource and one that releases large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere when burnt. This project replaces fossil fuel intensive based power generation with biomass based power. 

About the project

The biomass for this project comes from rice husks from local communities. This makes it an entirely renewable fuel that reduces local waste and fossil fuel dependence. 

In this case, the biomass is carbon neutral because the amount of carbon absorbed from the atmosphere while the plants are growing is equal to the amount released when the husks are burned. This CO2 is not additional, as it would be given off when the husks decay naturally or are burned.

What’s more, the husks are a waste product, so burning them reduces local waste. This saves finite natural resources and reduces CO2 emissions by reducing the need for burning fossil fuels to produce energy.  

This project is certified to the highest level by Gold Standard, as approved by the UN. Read more about Gold Standard’s certification process. 

Cost (USD / tonne of CO2e): $11 (read more about how this is calculated)

The impacts and benefits of this project: 

Money generated through the sale of carbon credits for this project provides:

  • A community First Aid Health Center to the peripheral villages of Kachhe AariDongri Mines
  • 12 Community Teachers and 03 Anganwadi Helpers in various schools in the local area, helping to provide better local education opportunities 
  • A computer training center for tribal students of Peripheral village Kachhe Parekodo Tekadhora. This centre has become a major attraction for village children, keen to learn and use computer applications.
  • Educational Trips for students of the Govt. School Kachhe & Parrekodo.
  • Scholarship opportunities for higher education to students of village Dorba.
  • A stitching & tailoring centre for ladies to boost self-employment
  • Installation of a handpump at Mutidham, Tada Village. This pump is for public use and helps to alleviate the pressures on women to travel long distances for safe water
  • Deeping the pond in Tada village to help increase the volume capacity and access to water

Sustainable Development Goals

One of the requirements of Gold Standard certification is that the projects meet at least 3 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, of which one is climate action. This means that as well as fighting climate change by offsetting carbon emissions, the projects your money is supporting contribute to sustainable development for ecosystems and communities around the world. 

The goals met by this project are: 

4. Quality education – Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development

7. Affordable and clean energy – Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity

8. Decent work and economic growth – Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

13. Climate action

Read more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Your impact

You can see a record of our donation to this project on our public ledger. You can also view global contributions to this project on Gold Standard’s impact registry. 

Thanks to the contributions of our members, we are reducing carbon emissions for a more sustainable future.

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