Our Projects

Climatefirst connects individuals and retail outlets with important environmental projects worldwide. The great thing about the climatefirst model is we make it possible for individuals to support environmental projects using 'micro-donations'. These donations can be very small, just 1 or 2 dollars, however when we make this accessible to the mainstream through point-of-sale systems we can accumulate significant amounts that have real benefits to the projects. In fact, the projects rely on this type of private funding for their very existence.

We are working with Piqqo Projects, a UK based company, to support great environmental programs around the world.  Together with Piqqo we select projects that make genuine and permanent emission reductions and have a range of social, economic and environmental benefits. Piqqo projects always have strong, people-centred benefits as well as environmental ones.

"We want to help customers understand carbon offsetting and give them the confidence that their money makes a difference. We believe that by understanding more about the project they are supporting, people will be more motivated to take action."  (piqqo)

Piqqo-Projects-LogoClick the piqqo icon to check out the project library and see the range of initiatives we help fund. When climatefirst becomes fully operational members and individual users will be able to direct their donations to the specific projects they want to support. Climatefirst will provide a tracking service, so people will we able to see their small contributions accumulate, and over time really see how their donations have helped the environment.

One of our favourites is the Malua Biobank Project in Malaysia. This project allows individuals and business to invest in long term rainforest protection. The conservation of this rich area has a range of biodiversity, emissions and social benefits. The Malua BioBank uses units called Biodiversity Conservation Certificates, with each certificate representing 100-square meters of rainforest restoration and protection.

 
 
 

Climatefirst foundation focuses on projects that are internationally recognised and certified. This certification process is rigorous and includes 3rd party verification and monitoring over the life of the project.

NCOS LOGOIn Australia the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) provides guidance on what constitutes a genuine, additional voluntary offset. The NCOS provides a means of ensuring the integrity of offsets and carbon neutral products available for consumers and businesses alike.

The NCOS only approves projects where the carbon offsets are;

  1. Additional - the project reduces emissions beyond 'business-as-usual’ investment.
  2. Permanent - emission reductions will not be released into the atmosphere in the future.
  3. Measurable -  emissions reductions generated must be robust and based on a defensible scientific method.  
  4. Transparent - Stakeholders must be able to examine information on the projects, including methodology, emissions calculations and project monitoring.
  5. Independently audited - Methodologies, offset projects and greenhouse gas emissions reductions generated must be audited by an independent third party.
  6. Registered - Emissions reduction units generated must be registered and tracked in a publicly transparent registry.

Emission reduction activities that Climatefirst foundation support include:

  • afforestation (protection of existing forests)
  • reafforestation (restoring forests on land that was once forested
  • avoided deforestation (creating forests on land that was previously unforested)
  • sustainable landuse management (Cropland,grazing and farming methodologies)
  • clean energy production (wind power, solar power, hydroelectric power and biofuel)
  • energy efficiency (energy conservation projects that seek to reduce the overall demand for energy)

forestry & land use

Deforestation, particularly in Brazil, Indonesia and parts of Africa, account for about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia the land sector makes up 23 percent of emissions.We can help reduce this by investing in projects that protect or grow trees or improve land management practices.

forest

Climatefirst connects individuals and retail outlets with important environmental projects worldwide. The great thing about the climatefirst model is we make it possible for individuals to support environmental projects using 'micro-donations'. These donations can be very small, just 1 or 2 dollars, however when we make this accessible to the mainstream through point-of-sale systems we can accumulate significant amounts that have real benefits to the projects. In fact, the projects rely on this type of private funding for their very existence.

We are working with Piqqo Projects, a UK based company, to support great environmental programs around the world.  Together with Piqqo we select projects that make genuine and permanent emission reductions and have a range of social, economic and environmental benefits. Piqqo projects always have strong, people-centred benefits as well as environmental ones.

"We want to help customers understand carbon offsetting and give them the confidence that their money makes a difference. We believe that by understanding more about the project they are supporting, people will be more motivated to take action."  (piqqo)

Piqqo-Projects-LogoClick the piqqo icon to check out the project library and see the range of initiatives we help fund. When climatefirst becomes fully operational members and individual users will be able to direct their donations to the specific projects they want to support. Climatefirst will provide a tracking service, so people will we able to see their small contributions accumulate, and over time really see how their donations have helped the environment.

One of our favourites is the Malua Biobank Project in Malaysia. This project allows individuals and business to invest in long term rainforest protection. The conservation of this rich area has a range of biodiversity, emissions and social benefits. The Malua BioBank uses units called Biodiversity Conservation Certificates, with each certificate representing 100-square meters of rainforest restoration and protection.

 
 
 

Climatefirst foundation focuses on projects that are internationally recognised and certified. This certification process is rigorous and includes 3rd party verification and monitoring over the life of the project.

NCOS LOGOIn Australia the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) provides guidance on what constitutes a genuine, additional voluntary offset. The NCOS provides a means of ensuring the integrity of offsets and carbon neutral products available for consumers and businesses alike.

The NCOS only approves projects where the carbon offsets are;

  1. Additional - the project reduces emissions beyond 'business-as-usual’ investment.
  2. Permanent - emission reductions will not be released into the atmosphere in the future.
  3. Measurable -  emissions reductions generated must be robust and based on a defensible scientific method.  
  4. Transparent - Stakeholders must be able to examine information on the projects, including methodology, emissions calculations and project monitoring.
  5. Independently audited - Methodologies, offset projects and greenhouse gas emissions reductions generated must be audited by an independent third party.
  6. Registered - Emissions reduction units generated must be registered and tracked in a publicly transparent registry.

Emission reduction activities that Climatefirst foundation support include:

  • afforestation (protection of existing forests)
  • reafforestation (restoring forests on land that was once forested
  • avoided deforestation (creating forests on land that was previously unforested)
  • sustainable landuse management (Cropland,grazing and farming methodologies)
  • clean energy production (wind power, solar power, hydroelectric power and biofuel)
  • energy efficiency (energy conservation projects that seek to reduce the overall demand for energy)

forestry & land use

Deforestation, particularly in Brazil, Indonesia and parts of Africa, account for about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia the land sector makes up 23 percent of emissions.We can help reduce this by investing in projects that protect or grow trees or improve land management practices.

forest

In forestry projects the trees sequester Carbon Dioxide (CO2) through photosynthesis. On average the number of trees required per tonne of CO2 varies from 4 – 10 depending on location, species of tree, soil type and type of planting. In addition to CO2 sequestration trees make the physical environment more resilient, improving watersheds and biodiversity conservation, protecting crops, preventing soil erosion and increasing productivity through nutrient recycling and shade.

By increasing the use of systems like agroforestry and woodlots for timber and fuel wood, forestry projects can reduce pressure (e.g. from agricultural encroachment and firewood and charcoal extraction) on local forests and conservation areas, helping to protect local biodiversity and watersheds.

Many land sector abatement activities produce benefits for farm productivity, biodiversity and natural resource management. For example, environmental plantings can connect existing areas of habitat, help manage salinity and improve water quality; and increasing soil carbon can improve farm productivity. Landuse changes that can generate carbon savings include things such as reduced methane emissions from livestock, reduced fertiliser emissions, manure management, increased sequestration in agricultural soils and fire management.

clean energy

Wind-Fram-2Clean Energy Systems convert the earth's natural energy sources (such as sunlight, wind, water and the energy stored in wood/plant matter) into electricity or mechanical energy with zero net CO2 emissions.

By replacing energy generated by burning fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy systems, we can drastically reduce carbon or CO2 emissions.

When you buy carbon credits generated by renewable energy projects, you are funding projects that reduce our dependency on CO2 heavy fossil fuels like coal and oil.

energy efficiency

light-globeEnergy efficiency Installations reduce total energy consumption which, in turn, reduces the amount of fossil fuels (and thus CO2) burnt in generating power. When you buy a carbon offset or carbon credits generated by energy efficiency projects, you are funding projects which reduce energy consumption and the CO2 emissions resulting from energy use. Swapping an incandescent bulb for a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) is a well known example. A CFL uses up to 80% less electricity than a conventional bulb, which translates into energy and carbon emission reductions.

Almost half of the world's people burn wood (or fiber or dung) for their cooking and heating needs. If we can provide fuel efficient cook stoves fuel wood consumption can be reduced by 30 to 50%.

 

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In forestry projects the trees sequester Carbon Dioxide (CO2) through photosynthesis. On average the number of trees required per tonne of CO2 varies from 4 – 10 depending on location, species of tree, soil type and type of planting. In addition to CO2 sequestration trees make the physical environment more resilient, improving watersheds and biodiversity conservation, protecting crops, preventing soil erosion and increasing productivity through nutrient recycling and shade.

By increasing the use of systems like agroforestry and woodlots for timber and fuel wood, forestry projects can reduce pressure (e.g. from agricultural encroachment and firewood and charcoal extraction) on local forests and conservation areas, helping to protect local biodiversity and watersheds.

Many land sector abatement activities produce benefits for farm productivity, biodiversity and natural resource management. For example, environmental plantings can connect existing areas of habitat, help manage salinity and improve water quality; and increasing soil carbon can improve farm productivity. Landuse changes that can generate carbon savings include things such as reduced methane emissions from livestock, reduced fertiliser emissions, manure management, increased sequestration in agricultural soils and fire management.

clean energy

Wind-Fram-2Clean Energy Systems convert the earth's natural energy sources (such as sunlight, wind, water and the energy stored in wood/plant matter) into electricity or mechanical energy with zero net CO2 emissions.

By replacing energy generated by burning fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy systems, we can drastically reduce carbon or CO2 emissions.

When you buy carbon credits generated by renewable energy projects, you are funding projects that reduce our dependency on CO2 heavy fossil fuels like coal and oil.

energy efficiency

light-globeEnergy efficiency Installations reduce total energy consumption which, in turn, reduces the amount of fossil fuels (and thus CO2) burnt in generating power. When you buy a carbon offset or carbon credits generated by energy efficiency projects, you are funding projects which reduce energy consumption and the CO2 emissions resulting from energy use. Swapping an incandescent bulb for a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) is a well known example. A CFL uses up to 80% less electricity than a conventional bulb, which translates into energy and carbon emission reductions.

Almost half of the world's people burn wood (or fiber or dung) for their cooking and heating needs. If we can provide fuel efficient cook stoves fuel wood consumption can be reduced by 30 to 50%.