First certification for the new Fairtrade Climate Standard

19 January 2017

FLOCERT is happy to announce that we have issued the first Permission to Trade for a Fairtrade Carbon Credits producer. Following a successful audit, Save80 Climate Protection Group in Lesotho is the first organization to be certified. Their project supports households in several districts in Lesotho with efficient wood fuel stove-cooking sets developed by a German manufacturer and assembled in Lesotho.

Carbon audit; ©atmosfair

Audit in Lesotho, ©atmosfair

The project is financed by Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Receiving independent certification in line with Fairtrade’s Climate Standard is tremendously important to us,” said Katharina Tomoff, Vice President GoGreen at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “As the world’s leading logistics group we see ourselves playing a leading role in climate protection. This is why we implement effective carbon efficiency measures in our own operations and help our customers reduce the emissions generated by their supply chains. The project in Lesotho allows us to offer customers climate neutral shipping while, at the same time, making a positive contribution to the local community.”

The certification is based on the new Fairtrade Climate Standard which is open to small-scale organized groups under Fairtrade’s geographic scope. Projects eligible for generating Fairtrade Carbon Credits can be on renewable energy, energy efficiency, or forestry. The trading and selling of the carbon credits generated at Save80 Climate Protection Group is carried out by atmosfair, a German-based climate protection organization with a focus on travel. atmosfair compensates greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies, among other activities. “We are pleased with the further development of this project,” said Dietrich Brockhagen, Managing Director of atmosfair. “Climate change is a global challenge, which can only be addressed through across-the-board engagement. We therefore welcome the meaningful initiative of Deutsche Post DHL Group, which will at the same time help to protect the climate and directly improve the lives of people in Lesotho.”

And for users in Lesotho like Mme Mamphoko the benefits of the Save80 stove are clear: “Previously we had to carry a lot of firewood for long distances and we had to cut the trees. With the Save80 stove we only take what´s lying on the ground and the population of trees can slowly recover!”

 

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