Carbon Offsetting for your Business

Directly from the people creating the carbon offsets.

Concerned about climate change?

We are too but you can buy quality offsets created through our CDM registered fuel-efficient cookstove project.

Offset monthly per employee

Know your tonnes? Offset today

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Benefits to your company

  • You are demonstrating your commitment to the environment to your customers and employees.
  • Our fuel-efficient cookstoves are monitored, independently audited and certified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • We provide you with regular stories about how you as a company make a positive difference through our carbon offsetting project.

It is not only your business that benefits

Not only can we help your business become carbon negative but by playing your part to address climate change, you help families in Malawi too.

We work with 125,000 families who each have a fuel-efficient cookstove. There is a benefit to you, your business, the planet and their lives also.

Every business has a carbon footprint

To offset the unavoidable carbon emissions of your business, our fuel-efficient cookstove project provides real and quality carbon offsets.

Each fuel-efficient cookstove reduces household wood use from three bundles of wood per week to just one saving three tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per year.

Inspiring communities to value and conserve forests

Our simple fuel-efficient cookstoves are a simple solution to protecting trees. They only use one third of the firewood compared to traditional cooking methods.

This reduces the pressure on existing forests. Every week, our fuel-efficient cookstoves save 94,000 bundles of firewood.

Stamp of Approval

Our fuel-efficient cookstoves are regularly monitored, independently audited and verifiable. They are registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), operated and administered by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. We have applied the rigorous CDM Standard to our activities, to measure our progress and demonstrate accountability and transparency.

TESTIMONIALS

“The UN annual monitoring of Ripple Africa’s cookstove project confirmed them as my choice to purchase carbon credits. As a climate-conscious ceramicist, I really like their use of clay in creating more fuel efficient cookstoves for women, which helps reduce deforestation as the new stoves need less wood.”
Mandy English
“I have been aware of Ripple Africa’s fantastic work in Malawi with fuel-efficient cookstoves for over a decade…it was a no brainer to get involved. It helps us offset the carbon footprint of the production of glass bottles, the wine itself, and of course the logistics of getting our products from A to B.”
Mike Turner
Co-Founder of Feel Good Grapes

See how it works and take action to help protect our planet NOW and for the future.

Choose how you offset

If you already know how much your business needs to offset then you can buy today or if not get in touch for a tailored quote. We will provide your company with a carbon offsetting certificate and monthly invoice.

Offset monthly per employee

Know your tonnes? Offset today

Contact us for a tailored quote

Tree Planting, Forest Conservation and Carbon Offsetting

Our tree planting and forest conservation is NOT a verified carbon offsetting project but many people have asked us how much carbon would they be offsetting by planting trees with us in Malawi. A realistic starting point is that one tree absorbs about one tonne of CO2 over a lifetime of 100 years – that is an average of 10 kg per year.

For our calculation, we are taking the life of the tree as 10 years although it will be considerably longer than that. This would mean that, over the 10 year period, one tree would absorb 100 kg of CO2 and so 10 trees would absorb one tonne of CO2.

In addition to this, for every tree that is planted we are protecting, on average, three indigenous trees through our Forest Conservation Committees. Contact us for more information.

your questions answered

Ripple Africa’s founders didn’t start the project just to sell carbon offsets but wanted to improve the lives of local people in Malawi and protect the remaining forests.

It is one thing to provide a householder with a cookstove and hope they will use it but our experience has shown a long-term commitment and relationship with the communities is key to a project being successful. Ripple Africa doesn’t build the stove and walk away but works with households to deliver the long-term education which will ensure the stove will be used for life.

We are proud that more than 250,000 people have their food cooked every day on our Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstove in Nkhata Bay District. This saves 80,000 bundles of wood every week. This new cooking technology is becoming a way of life and now communities in neighbouring Districts want to benefit from this improved cooking method which makes their lives easier and reduces deforestation.

The other aim was to help fund our other projects so that we can provide the long-term commitment that is needed to make a positive and lasting difference. We reinvest the carbon offsetting income to build more cookstoves, plant trees and conserve existing forests.  

So offsetting your unavoidable emissions through our cookstove project is a great solution which benefits the environment and families in Malawi. A great reason to offset your carbon footprint with us.

Our simple plans are based on quantity of employees multiplied by 3 tonnes per year.

Simple Calculation

Obviously different companies and employees have different carbon footprints. For example, your company could employ a small number of people in an office with little or no travelling, no deliveries, and no manufacturing. This would probably equate to the 3 tonnes per employee but if there are a lot of staff that travel by air or on the road or where deliveries are included this could be 5 tonnes per employee – and more if manufacturing is involved.

Do It Yourself Footprint Calculator

You may want to use this simple calculation or we have a spreadsheet you could download to work out your company footprint Do it Yourself footprint calculator

Calculating reducing and offsetting

You may want a full audit of your carbon footprint with advice on how you can reduce your company’s emissions and a calculation on what your company needs to offset to reach your Net Zero goal. To find out how we can help please contact us

Ripple Africa is helping local communities to build fuel-efficient cookstoves in Malawi, Africa. Ripple Africa’s fuel-efficient cookstove is called the “Changu Changu Moto” which means “Fast Fast Fire” in Chichewa. The Changu Changu Moto:

  • reduces household wood use from three bundles of wood per week to just one
  • contains the fire within the cookstove at the side of the kitchen, reducing injuries from burns
  • has a double burner so that two pots can be cooked simultaneously , saving time
  • produces substantially less smoke than the traditional three-stone fire, reducing coughing and breathing problems and,
  • is LOVED by all the women who use it!

 

The Changu Changu Moto is a sustainable and locally produced fuel-efficient cookstove made out of just 26 mud bricks and a mud mortar mix. The householder is empowered to build and maintain their cookstove, making this project really sustainable.

Ripple Africa has worked with several types of fuel-efficient cookstoves over the years; however, we firmly believe the Changu Changu Moto is the most realistic and aptly suited fuel-efficient cookstove design for rural Africa we have ever seen.

The project aims are as follows:

  • Tackling deforestation in Malawi – Around 95% of families in Malawi depend on wood for cooking and millions of trees are cut down every year for use on inefficient traditional three-stone open fires. This Changu Changu Moto project has resulted in 250,000 fewer bundles of firewood being needed EVERY WEEK, reducing household wood use by 67%.
  • Improving the health of women and children – According to the World Health Organisation (2018) close to four million people die prematurely each year from illness attributable to smoke inhalation from inefficient cooking methods. The Changu Changu Moto produces less smoke, reducing smoke inhalation by people cooking or sitting around the fire. Also in Malawi, women traditionally prepare the food with their children playing near them. Sixty percent of households consulted by Ripple Africa reported that a member of their family had sustained serious burns from a traditional three-stone cooking fire. The Changu Changu Moto fire is contained, greatly reducing the risk of burns while cooking.
  • Sustainability – The stoves are made of a simple mud mortar mix and can be easily repaired by householders when broken. Ripple Africa doesn’t build the stove and walk away but works with households to deliver the long-term education which will ensure the stove will be used for life.
  • Saving labour – For women who collect wood, the stove can mean a saving of up to 10 hours each week. The stoves also cook faster (Changu Changu Moto actually means Fast Fast Fire in Chichewa), and the double burner means food is ready in half the time. This frees up time which women can spend on other activities.
  • Saving money – In many parts of Malawi, people cut down trees from existing forests near their home. However, in urban or heavily deforested rural areas, families have to buy their fuel for cooking. Wood is extremely expensive and makes up a huge proportion of a family’s expenditure, and a 67% saving in money spent on wood is particularly important to poor families.
  • Educating families about sustainable living – In addition to teaching people how to use the fuel-efficient cookstoves, much time is spent on discussing why people should use them. Users learn about the problems of deforestation, and the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly living solutions. This is the key to ensuring the long term success of the project.

This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals: