VCS has a proposed methodology in the pipeline from MaineHousing, which would develop an approach for lowering emissions through ‘weatherisation’ – for example, by insulation or draughtproofing – of homes. This process has significant political support in the US. MaineHousing director Dale McCormick describes this as the Holy Grail of the carbon world, which will change the way the housing and carbon markets interact.
Forests and Land Use Change
In September 2010, credits from the Uchindile–Mapanda reforestation project, Africa’s first Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS)-accredited agriculture, forestry and other land use project, were registered in Tanzania. It was accredited to the social and biodiversity standards of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA).
In August 2010, the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo achieved the first approval of its type for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) under the VCS. The methodology may be used for avoided tropical peat swamp deforestation project developers in South-east Asia.
In December 2009, the Kasigau Corridor REDD Project in Kenya was awarded the first gold-level validation in Africa under the CCBA’s standard.
In May 2009, the Nyika and Mkuwazi forestry project in Malawi was certified under the Plan Vivo’s standard.
Technology in Lesser Developed Countries (Gold Standard projects in the pipeline)
Biogas for 2004 tsunami victims in India: “Green Goal”, which was used to make the 2006 German World Cup climate-neutral.
Cookstoves in Lesotho: using a less than average amount of wood fuel, improving health and school attendance and reducing respiratory problems for cooks. Works in parallel with UN World Food Programme.
Solar lanterns in Malawi: replacing kerosene lamps, improving health, saving money, training and creating jobs.