Research shows that planting trees alone will not prevent the worst effects of climate change. Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions is a huge part of avoiding climate catastrophe, as is actively 'sequestering' carbon from the atmosphere.
It can take years for trees to grow to a size where they have a significant impact on CO2 and in all honesty we do not have years to spare.
ZeroSmart follows the scientific consensus in enacting a two-part strategy to reduce your carbon footprint to zero. We plant trees to sequester CO2 (and provide other ecological benefits long term) while also investing in projects that have an immediate impact on our climate.
Below, you can read more about the types of projects we support to offset your carbon footprint.
Mangrove planting in Madagascar
More than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the local people’s ability to farm and live on the land. Entire mangrove estuaries are gone, leaving the bare earth to wash away into the sea. We are now helping to reforest the coastal regions of Madagascar to put this right, provide fair wages to the local people, and offset hundreds of thousands of tonnes of CO2.
Landfill gas recovery in Chile
The Santa Marta landfill in Chile spans over 700 acres and receives approximately 1.3 million metric tons of waste every year. Capturing the resulting landfill gas (methane) produces 28 MW of renewable energy into the regional grid but also saves 50,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
Cowfeed in Denmark
According to FAO, Cattle-related supply chains such as beef and milk account for almost 10% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, largely due to methane emissions resulting from rumen fermentation. We are moving forward with plans to support the rolling out of this food supplement on a trial basis at farms in Denmark and eventually across the world. The feed supplement has been extensively tested at scientific institutions globally with results published in scientific peer-reviewed journals; it typically results in an enteric methane reduction of approximately 30%.
More efficient stoves in Eritrea
More than 90% of the domestic energy demand in Eritrea is derived from burning wood and charcoal. These are both considerable pollutants. Reducing the demand for wood fuel is key in easing the pressure on local environments. By distributing 8,000 fuel-efficient cook stoves to households within the Anseba district in Eritrea we will save 10,960 tonnes of wood from being burned each year. Significantly reducing deforestation while also reducing the pollution emitted from domestic cooking activities.
Rice husks for power in India
Rice husks are a common waste product in this region in India. This project creates a new biomass power plant in Siltara, Raipur. The power plant makes use of rice husks waste as the energy source for a new 20 megawatt steam turbine. The rice husks are collected from within 50KM of the project site. During the lifespan of this project it will prevent 340,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.