Less has chosen to sell Gold Standard-certified emission reductions (CERs) and CSA Standard-certified Canadian based offsets, the highest quality offsets available internationally and in Canada.
Gold Standard-certified international projects:
Featured project: Nakhon biogas wastewater treatment plant in Thailand
This biogas project captures methane from wastewater produced by a Thai starch plant and uses the methane to generate renewable electricity for the facility. The project mitigates 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The methane capture project and resulting carbon revenues help create jobs, while supporting social and educational activities in the community. In addition, the clean wastewater is used to irrigate nearby fields, enabling the community to farm fish as an additional source of income.
Featured project: Solar Cooker project in Nanyang Danjiang River Region, China
The Nanyang Danjiang Solar Cooker Project enables these rural households to substitute traditional coal stoves for a solar energy alternative. 48,000 of these stoves have been distributed to seven towns in the Xichuan County, Henan Province. They are 50% more efficient than traditional coal stoves and, with an energy capacity of 876.5 W per unit, displace the CO2 that would have been generated by the fossil fuel consumption of coal fires. By switching to solar power, health issues related to the excess soot and indoor smoke-pollution of coal fires have been abated. The solar cookers are distributed and maintained by the project for free, and because they no longer have to purchase coal fuel, villagers can use the money saved to buy things that improve their standard of living.
CSA Standard-certified Canadian projects:
Featured project: Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill Gas Capture and Destruction
The Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill Gas Capture and Destruction Project is designed to collect landfill gas from twenty-three vertical wells spread throughout the closed landfill cells.
The plant is equipped with a fan blower that provides vacuum to the wellfield in order to draw landfill gas from the waste to the plant. The blower conveys landfill gas to a flare where the gas is ignited and burned continuously in an enclosed flare.
Prior to the implementation of the project, there were no collection and destruction facilities at the site. LFG was vented to the atmosphere.
Previously supported projects:
Chlorine dispensers in Eastern Uganda
This chlorine dispenser program provides rural communities in Eastern Uganda with safe sources of drinking water. Chlorine dispensers replace the need to boil water with wood-burned fire, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preventing deforestation and improving indoor air quality. To date, the project has mitigated more than 170,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the environment. The dispenser program also improves quality of life by reducing water-borne diseases; educating villagers about the dangers of contaminated water; and saving resources that would have been spent gathering wood or purchasing fuel to boil water.
FRSWC's Landfill Gas Management System
Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission's (FRSWC) Landfill Gas Management System (LGMS) is designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gases created by landfill waste. The FRSWC collects between 75,000 and 80,000 tonnes of garbage annually. By voluntarily capturing and flaring the landfill gas emitted by the waste, the LGMS is able to eliminate approximately 45,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent from the atmosphere each year—emissions that would have otherwise been released into the atmosphere. The project helps to create local jobs: there are more than 50 employees at the FRSWC site on Alison Blvd in Fredericton.