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Introduction

Climate change poses an unprecedented challenge, demanding innovative solutions to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Biochar emerges as a remarkable carbon removal method, harnessing the natural process of photosynthesis to capture and store carbon. Tropical regions, blessed with abundant sunshine, moderate temperatures, and humid climates, are highly effective in sequestering substantial quantities of CO2 globally. By converting agricultural waste or harvested biomass into biochar, the captured carbon can be securely stored in the soil for an extended period, ranging from 100 to 1,000 years.

The Solution

Core CarbonX (CCX) has undertaken a self-funded biochar project, partnering with local NGOs to benefit the farmers and their families in rural part of Telangana. The project targets to produce biochar from waste biomass (Cotton Straw) through pyrolysis, gasification, and biomass boilers which will be subsequently applied to an end-use (soil or non-soil applications). The project will consider using either low or high-technology production facilities to produce biochar. All the participants in the project will prepare appropriate and adequate evidence including all documentation and/or information to demonstrate compliance with all applicable environmental and legal regulations.

The project employs a comprehensive monitoring and accounting framework that captures the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts at three crucial stages of the biochar value chain: sourcing, production, and application. Through this process, the carbon present in the waste biomass is converted into stable carbon in the biochar material, enabling long-term carbon storage.

Key Benefits

  1. Carbon Removal and Storage: The project directly contributes to removing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, mitigating the effects of climate change.
  2. Increased Farmer Income: By participating in the biochar production process and utilizing the biochar as a soil amendment, farmers can benefit from improved soil fertility, leading to higher crop yields and increased income.

3. Sustainable Development Goals: The project aligns with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including Climate Action (Goal 13), Life on Land (Goal 15), and Responsible Consumption and Production (Goal 12).

 

Project summary

Types of Offsets Produced

  • Carbon removal.
Registry and Certifications

March 2024

Project start date

10 years

Project life

Sustainable Development goals from Co-benefits  

 

By embracing the power of biochar, CCX’s project exemplifies a innovative approach to climate change mitigation, fostering environmental sustainability, and empowering local farming communities. Join us in this transformative journey towards a greener, more resilient future.

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The Conventional Problem and Missed Opportunity

The traditional disposal of livestock manure by emptying it into pits with water leads to methane formation and release – a potent greenhouse gas driving climate change. This harmful practice not only damages the environment but also squanders a valuable resource that could benefit local communities.

The Innovative Godhan Nyay Yojana Solution 

Launched on July 21, 2020, by the Chhattisgarh government, the Godhan Nyay Yojana presents an innovative solution to mitigate methane emissions from conventional animal waste management across the state’s districts. This multifaceted program aims to:

– Promote organic farming practices

– Generate rural and urban employment opportunities

– Encourage cow rearing and protection

– Provide financial incentives to cattle owners

Under the scheme, the government procures cow dung from farmers and livestock raisers. This cow dung is then transformed into vermicompost and other organic products by women’s Self-Help Groups, creating a valuable organic manure alternative that discourages chemical fertilizer use and promotes sustainable agriculture.

CCX’s Pioneering Implementation

CCX, a leading climate advisory and project management company, is the pioneering partner implementing the ‘Gothan’ model statewide under the Godhan Nyay Yojana. Replacing the traditional ‘Ghurwa’ pit disposal method, CCX targets methane emissions from manure mismanagement near rural household farms.

Through this groundbreaking project, CCX aims to reduce a staggering 10,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions by curbing methane from livestock waste. The company has already established over 3,000 Gothan – village-level cow dung processing units – while empowering 4,000 Self-Help Groups by engaging them in vermicomposting activities.

The Vermicomposting Solution at Gothan

Gothan are strategically located village facilities where cow dung procured from farmers undergoes vermicomposting – an aerobic decomposition process utilizing earthworms and beneficial microbes. Operated by Self-Help Group members, this sustainable solution prevents methane emissions from the traditional ‘Ghurwa’ pit system.

Multiple Community Benefits:

  1. Methane reduction contributing to climate change mitigation
  2. Promotion of organic farming through vermicompost products
  3. Employment and economic empowerment of Self-Help Groups women
  4. Financial incentives for farmers and livestock raisers

Join the Transformative Movement

Be a part of this groundbreaking project implemented by CCX – an initiative addressing environmental concerns while uplifting local livelihoods and empowering communities across Chhattisgarh. Contact CCX today to explore collaboration opportunities.

Project summary

~10,000  

tCO2e per year reduction

> 3,000

Gothans are covered throughout Chhattisgarh by CCX

 

12 March 2022

Project start date

 

 

21 Years

Project life 

 

Types of Offsets Produced

  • 4000 SHGs being supported
  • Female Empowerment
Registry and Certifications

Sustainable Development goals from Co-benefits    


 

 

Project Photos(Nilja Gothan, Dharshiva, Raipur, Chhattisgarh):

 

Agriculture and deforestation are major contributors to climate change. However, agroforestry mitigates this by integrating trees into farms to sequester carbon while reducing emissions. Core Carbon Vanam is CCX’s pioneering ARR VCS (Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation Verified Carbon Standard) agroforestry project that enables farmers to meaningfully combat climate change through avoiding deforestation, sequestering carbon and reducing on-farm emissions. Crucially, agroforestry also promotes sustainable rural livelihoods. By delivering environmental stability alongside productivity, agriculture can be part of the climate solution.

Sustainable Land Utilization, GHG Reduction and Rural Development

Our goal with this planned ARR VCS project is to empower small-scale farmers and foster sustainable agroforestry practices, creating a win-win scenario by enhancing financial prospects and facilitating GHG reduction. This initiative spans across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand, aiming to leave a lasting positive impact on the environment and local communities.

Project highlights include, but are not limited to, educating farmers and offering technical assistance with agroforestry practices;

  • Diverse Tree Plantation for Specific Regions: We mobilize farmers to plant a wide variety of tree species, ranging from fruit-bearing trees like Indian blackberry, Guava, and Mango to valuable timber species like Teak, Mahogany, and Sandalwood.
  • Simple Cultivation and Maintenance Techniques: Our selected small scale farmers employ simple yet effective tree cultivation techniques that involve planting saplings in pits with minimal land disturbance, ensuring successful growth and carbon sequestration.
  • Carbon Credit Solutions Guidance: We work with individual farmers in most of the districts in the above states and give them expert advice on how to use carbon credits as incentives. Farmers who grow trees on their lands to sequester carbon are eligible to earn carbon credits.

Agroforestry Benefits for Farmers, Environment and Investors

By integrating trees into farming landscapes, agroforestry unlocks a myriad of benefits for Farmers and the Environment:

  • Enhances land productivity through crop diversification and improved yields
  • Conserves biodiversity by enriching ecosystems
  • Improves soil health, water retention and nutrient cycling
  • Builds climate resilience through carbon sequestration, shade and windbreaks
  • Diversifies income with carbon credits, timber, fruits, nuts and medicinal products
  • Contributes to five sustainable development goals

Engaging the Community

We warmly welcome farmers, investors, and local communities to actively engage with our ARR VCS agroforestry project. Your participation advances a sustainable future, amplifies rural development, and supports carbon removal initiatives.

Project summary

0.25  

Million Tonnes of CO2 reduction per annum (Estimate)

31,429

Hectares of farm land supported

 

2018

Project start date

 

 

20 Years

Project life 

 

Types of Offsets Produced

  • Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Use
  • Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation Credits
Registry and Certifications

Sustainable Development goals from Co-benefits    


 

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ODISHA

TELENGANA

JHARKHAND

ANDHRA PRADESH

On October 6, 2023, Honourable Minister of Mines, GoTS, Shri Patnam Mahender Reddy, and Tandur MLA, Shri Rohit Reddy inaugurated Tandur Limestone Processing Industrial Park, Gingurthy, Tandur, Telangana. CoreCarbonX has developed the site master plan for the Tandur Industrial Park, which is around 260 Acres covering thematic layers like roads, water, stormwater, waste and wastewater management, electricity, one-stop solutions for TSIIC and relevant departments, commercial areas, parking, etc. This industrial park is an example of the relocation of industries from Tandur City to a more organized Industrial Park addressing climate resilience and environmentally friendly concepts. The work has been given to CCX by the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC).

These initiatives aim to drive overall sustainable development by optimizing existing resources and promoting their efficient management and utilization. Prioritizing a spectrum of pivotal efforts is imperative to elevate sustainability in urban and industrial contexts.

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The escalating phenomenon of climate change presents a substantial peril to our agricultural industry, specifically impacting crops and agricultural land that rely heavily on rivers for their natural resources.

The World Wide Fund commissioned a study with CoreCarbonX to evaluate any potential detrimental effects of climate change on agriculture in the Indian Sundarbans and the Arkavathy river basin. The purpose of this engagement was to evaluate the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity in projected future climate scenarios. The evaluation focused on the predicted 7.5%–28% drop in major crop yields due to climate change, including those of Ragi, Tomato, Beans, and Maize in the Arkavathy region, as well as Rice, Brinjal, Bhendi, Lathyrus, and Green gram in the Indian Sundarbans as a consequence of climate change.

Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Productivity

The CoreCarbonX team analyzed projected climatic productivity for chosen study crops using IPCC AR6 temperature and rainfall forecasts, area-specific soil data, and local farming practices. Future climatic scenarios consider insect infestation-related crop yield losses.

Dynamic crop simulation models assess the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity. Representative Agricultural Pathways (RAPs) were also studied to understand future crop suitability classes. To establish future adaptability, a Multi-Criteria Decision approach included cultivation area, production, yield, economic advantages (including crop prices and workforce employment), and sensitivity to climate elements.

The team also used GIS-based analysis, the elevation of case sites, crop base temperature needs, and agricultural production history. 

All these frameworks and concepts laid the groundwork for assessing climate change’s possible effects on agricultural production and developing sustainable policies.

Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Productivity

The findings derived from the Climate Change Impact Assessment on Agricultural Productivity in the Indian Sundarbans and Arkavathy River Basin underscore the necessity of implementing suitable adaptation strategies in the designated regions. These strategies should be based on projected crop productivity in order to sustain economically viable yields in the face of future climate scenarios.

Nature-based solutions (NbS) were suggested as an effective way to mitigate the challenge. 

NbS provide cost-effective, long-term ways to conserve natural resources, ensure food security, manage sustainable land and water resources, fight climate change, increase water availability and quality, restore ecosystems and soils, and provide considerable health and food security benefits.

 

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CoreCarbonX has been working in Maharashtra to bring a positive impact in rural areas. The team works with a local partner to install biogas units in marginalized households in Sangali, Maharashtra. The project reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions especially methane from fossil fuels and animal manure and helps rural households develop sustainably.

Clean cooking and waste management

In remote India, almost 305 million use cow dung cakes or fossil fuels as fuel for in-house cooking which is harmful to their health. This problem primarily affects women, who are closely associated with cooking in rural areas. An initial survey in the western Sangali district showed more than 6000 families’ involvement in the Milk business where the use of fuels like dry cow dung cakes, Firewood and Kerosene is very high.

Considering this, CoreCarbonX designed a Biogas Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) digester with the help of a local partner. In each of the 1400 houses, Core Carbon X has chosen to deliver either 2 cubic meters or 3 cubic meters of biogas units, depending on the number and type of cattle, and family size. Household wastewater and cattle dung are fed to the biogas daily to achieve the desired output for clean cooking.

This project helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost health and well-being by encouraging people to switch to biogas from using harmful fuels like kerosene, cow dung, and firewood.

The project helps achieve many goals in addition to many co-benefits:

  • Social goals: The project has led to immense work in the women’s empowerment sector by providing them with cleaner options. It has also led to an increase in education and awareness of women. Another impact of the project in the district is training and skill-building among women.
  • Economic benefits: The Project’s associated activities have directly employed a number of locals to make the installation effective and indirectly provided economic opportunities to many more.
  • Environmental impact: The project activity has resulted in a reduction of anthropogenic GHG gases in the atmosphere. Participating households use less firewood since installing a biogas unit, reduces pressure on scarce forest resources in the project area.
  • Technology adoption: In order to deploy clean technology, the biogas units are constructed of bricks, sand, cement, pipes, pipe fittings, metal clips, wire, and gas burners. And each bioreactor has a mesophylic fixed dome which makes the biogas sustainable in design.

CoreCarbonX and its local partner have also made certain that the biogas digesters are straightforward to operate and are seeing consistent use.

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Community-managed Natural Farming

Community-Managed Natural Farming (CNF) methods like dry, wet, and live mulching and 365-day multi-layered multiple cropping quickly build soil microbiota and aeration, which improves water percolation, soil water retention, and air-water harvesting. CNF and soil humus increase plant water needs. This reduces water input, improves agricultural water efficiency, and drought-proofs crops without affecting yields.

Initiative of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) Government

The AP government started the Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS) in 2015 to bring six million farmers and six million hectares of land under AP Community-managed Natural Farming (APCNF) by 2030. By 2020–21, over 700,000 farmers and farm workers in 3,730 Gram Panchayats (GPs) participated in the program.

CoreCarbonX impact study of APCNF in six agro-climatic zones

CoreCarbonX has been hired to do a large-scale, comprehensive study in six agro-climatic zones of Andhra Pradesh to confirm and measure how much water and energy can be saved because natural farming uses less water on agricultural farmlands. Control groups of CNF and non-CNF farmers cultivating three major crops in Kharif and Rabi across the following six agro-climatic zones are assessed.

  1. High Altitude Tribal areas of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari districts,
  2. North Coastal Zone of Plains of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam,
  3. Godavari Zone (East Godavari Plains, West Godavari),
  4. Krishna Zone (Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam),
  5. Southern Zone (Chittoor, Kadapa, Nellore),
  6. Scarce Rainfall Zone (Anantapur, Kurnool)

This assessment is followed by district-level natural farming analysis and mapping to improve understanding of the scale of impact of APCNF and provide actionable information about natural farming practices’ social and economic impacts for state-level adaptation planning, targets, and actions. Policymakers, administrators, development partners, and NGOs use this information to plan and execute interventions.

Community-managed Natural Farming saves water and energy consumption

A preliminary pilot study has shown that Community-managed Natural Farming (CNF) has the potential to alleviate the over-extraction of groundwater by decreasing the need for irrigation water and the state’s fiscal burden on power subsidies, thereby achieving the objectives of both water and energy conservation.

The project also involved the assessment of increased market participation from smallholder CNF farmers.

We work on the impact assessment of Community-managed Natural Farming initiatives of various governments. 

 

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Rice farming and methane emissions

During rice farming, the fields are often flooded, creating an ideal environment for the decomposition of organic matter and the subsequent release of methane gas, a greenhouse gas 27 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Global rice production accounts for 8-12% of human generated methane.

Partnership to benefit the farmer community and the environment 

CoreCarbonX(CCX) and Vida Carbon Corp have collaborated on a project that would help the paddy farmer community implement improved water management systems in 100,000 hectares of rice fields in Telangana. 

Farmers in Telangana have no financial incentive to conserve water or energy because both are fully subsidised. CCX plans to address this issue by providing farmers with education on “alternative wetting and drying” techniques. This method of farming makes use of a gauge to show exactly how much water is in various parts of the field. With this equipment, farmers can control the water supply to their crops precisely. Reduced methane emissions can be achieved by limiting the length of time that rice fields are submerged in water. The rate of decomposition of organic material and, consequently, methane emissions will be reduced when rice fields are flooded for shorter periods of time.

Farmers economic gain from carbon credits and other co-benefits

Farmers who take part will reap financial rewards from the project’s success through a share of the money made from selling carbon credits.

Benefits such as these are gained in addition to the accomplishment of six SDGs set by the United Nations:

  • Methane Reduction up-to 50%
  • Reduced water consumption by 15%-25%.
  • Increases in Farmer’s Profits.
  • Promote better collaboration between entrepreneurs.
  • Water pump fuel and energy consumption will be reduced.

 

0.6-0.7 

Million tonnes of CO2 reduction per annum (Estimate) 

1,00,000 

Hectares of rice fields supported

2022

Project start date

7-9 years

Project life

Types of Offsets Produced

  • Improved Agricultural Practices
  • Reduction
Registry and Certifications

Sustainable Development goals from Co-benefits

 

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Partnership to benefit the health and livelihoods of rural women

CoreCarbonX and Vida Carbon Corp are working together to help 300,000 households in the Indian states of Odisha and Jharkhand switch to clean cooking with the help of improved and very efficient stoves. These cookstoves reduce energy loss and increase heat efficiency.

The World Health Organization estimates that 2.4 billion people in the developing world still cook over open flames or inefficient stoves fueled by environmentally-harmful fuels. Cleaner cooking offers a solution to the dangerous indoor air pollution which is the leading cause of death among women and children in homes.

Carbon Saathi (Carbon Friend) and a unique distribution model to reach remote rural residents

CoreCarbonX uses a unique distribution method to reach rural residents in remote regions who now have access to clean cooking. The cookstoves are distributed at a little or no cost. Rural women are made aware of its advantages over open cooking and trained on cookstove operation and its cleaning.

CoreCarbonX has also trained “Carbon Saathi” (Carbon Friend), the majority of whom are women, from each of the local communities that have been identified for the program. These “Carbon Saathi” are tasked with raising clean cooking awareness amongst women, informing them of the drawbacks of using traditional cooking methods, assisting them in making the switch to improved cookstoves, and ensuring that the stoves are properly maintained so that they continue to provide benefits to women.The team is giving the women in these communities the opportunity to become Carbon Saathi, which is allowing them to earn additional living.

The cookstoves are serialized and being tracked to ensure project success and collect user feedback.

This project achieves 9 UN Sustainable Development Goals delivering co-benefits as given below:

  • Improvement in air quality benefits the health of women and kids.
  • Creation of employment opportunities in nearby areas for the distribution, installation, and maintenance of cookstoves
  • Reduced firewood needs lower deforestation and nearby forest degradation.
  • Lessons manual labor for wood gathering, which is largely a woman’s job.

While delivering various co-benefits, this project has a significant geographic reach and is very scalable. 

3,600,000

Estimated tonnes of CO2 to be reduced

60,000 

Cookstoves distributed

2022

Project start date

7 years

Project life

Types of Offsets Produced

  • Improved Energy Efficiency
  • Reduction
Registry and Certifications

 

Sustainable Development goals from Co-benefits

 

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The refrigeration and air conditioning industries make heavy use of ozone depleting compounds, especially hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Global warming potentials (GWPs) for most HCFCs and HFCs utilised in these applications are between 1,000 and 4,000 times higher than that of carbon dioxide. Product and machinery designers should look for GWP alternatives that excel in several areas: energy efficiency, safety, operating costs, and environmental performance (which in most cases is a combination of high energy efficiency, minimal leakage and a low or very low GWP refrigerant).

To encourage emission reduction via the use of low GWP(Global Warming Potential) refrigerant technology and management, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment (MOEJ) launched a program known as the “Initiative on Fluorocarbons Life Cycle Management.” As part of this program, MoEJ in association with the Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI) have begun a project to evaluate the global refrigeration industry’s current state of affairs and the progress made toward the adoption of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

MRI collaborated with CoreCarbonX on the research for India

CoreCarbonX, in association with MRI, investigated the state of refrigerant conversion to low-GWP refrigerants in India and the legal and regulatory framework around this transition in light of the Montreal Protocol/Kigali Amendment that were introduced to outline the phasing-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants.

The report explains the current state of the conversion to low-GWP refrigerants, projects developed to phase out HCFCs as well as yearly and projected sales estimates for both refrigerants and air conditioners. These results provide a foundation for future collaboration between India and Japan to reduce the country’s emissions of refrigerants that have high ozone depleting potential (ODP).

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