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Improve lives in Ghana

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10th Nov, 2015

Passengers compensating for the CO2 emission of their flight also help to improve the standard of living of families in Ghana. KLM uses the compensation passengers pay via CO2ZERO to purchase Gold Standard emission credits. Up to October 2017 one of the projects KLM supported provides Ghanaian families with better charcoal burners.

Toyola Energy Limited (TEL), a Ghanaian enterprise established in 2003, has developed a special charcoal stove, the Toyola Coalpot, which reduces fuel consumption by the introduction of a ceramic liner that increases combustion efficiency and retains heat. TEL is owned and managed by two entrepreneurs who were part of 50 metal artisans trained by EnterpriseWorks Worldwide1 to manufacture charcoal-efficient cooking stoves. Toyola now sells its unique Toyola Coalpot charcoal stove throughout Ghana.

Even less deforestation

The Toyola Coalpot is 40% more fuel-efficient than traditional methods. The annual savings per capita of consumption is around 180 kg of charcoal and 1.5 tonnes of CO2 emission, and the total annual savings are approximately 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Besides saving greenhouse gas emissions, the cooking stoves also provide co-benefits to users and families in the form of relief from high fuel costs, reduced exposure to health-damaging airborne pollutants, and faster cooking (which results in time savings). Plus: they increase cleanliness, hygiene and also convenience. And, finally, the stoves curb deforestation by decreasing demand for charcoal.

Gold Standard

KLM only selects Gold Standard certified projects for the CO2ZERO programme. Besides the reduction of CO2, Gold Standard looks at developing clean, renewable energy sources as well as providing benefits to the local population and their environment. Read more on Gold Standard through this link.

Facts & Figures

  • 2009 – Toyola activities were registered as a carbon finance project with the Gold Standard Foundation after a rigorous validation process by a UNFCCC-accredited auditor.
  • 270,000 – the number of cooking stoves that are sold.
  • 200 – over 200 jobs were created.
  • 35 – 35% of the current charcoal stove sales occur in the region of Greater Accra.
  • 330,000 – Verified emission reductions that are issued

Want to know more details about the project, please follow click here. Also read the KLM Takes Care story 'Golden Sustainability'.
 

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