A NEW COOPERATION BETWEEN CHINANSI FOUNDATION AND NIRAS
Suppressed Demand Methodology Off-Grid Rural Electrification Project
About the Cooperation Agreement
The Gold Standard, the premium certification standard for carbon credits, has been chosen by the International Climate Initiative to develop a set of innovative tools that will lower entry barriers and allow for the scale-up of carbon market activities in under-represented regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. One of which is to develop a suppressed demand methodology for rural electrification in Sub-Saharan Least developed country. With the focus of the CDM shifting in a post-2012 regime, the need for innovative approaches and institutional preparation to generate emission reductions from these regions has become much more pressing. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this International Climate initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
The funding awarded to The Gold Standard Foundation for this three-year programme is to be used to develop top-down methodologies tailored to suppressed demand and micro-scale projects, generate more refined guidelines for Gold Standard Programme of Activities (PoAs). It will provide new rules and schemes for micro-scale activities, build institutional capacity for Designated National Authorities (DNAs) and auditors with respect to sustainable development criteria and develop collaborative relationships to harness their local expertise and knowledge, and finally, create ‘entrepreneurial’ capacity amongst project proponents.
The Gold Standard Foundation is working with NIRAS (Consulting firm in Denmark) and Chinansi Foundation (local partner in Malawi) on the developing of the Suppressed Demand Methodology for micro-scale rural electrification which will deliver concrete solutions with the hope that in time these activities will be adopted under compliance schemes.
NIRAS contribution and benefit will be to prepare a draft PDD and hopefully secured an approved suppressed demand methodology. The Chinansi Foundation is benefit the underlying project which can benefit from a higher number of carbon credits in the future for this project or similar projects for instance in Malawi. You will have an advantage as you are a step ahead of the competitors.
The contribution for Chinansi Foundation is identification of potential project sites and forward the descriptions (already undertaken).Chinansi Foundation’s role is to host any mission visit by NIRAS during the methodology development. The methodology is expected to be finally approved in the last part of 2012 - it takes some time as Gold Standard needs time for processing also.