Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals – the co-benefits of our climate protection projects

All climate protection projects share the same goal of reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, but high quality projects are capable of doing much more than just combating climate change. Our projects focus on reducing greenhouse gases, while also delivering real benefits to communities and ecosystems within the project regions, thus contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Forest protection projects help to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, but healthy forests also preserve diverse ecosystems, and sustain healthy waterways for local people. Projects that are rooted in the installation of efficient stoves and household biogas improve indoor air quality and reduce fuel consumption. For women, these projects may free up valuable hours in reducing the amount of time devoted to firewood collection. And renewable energy projects stimulate local economies, create jobs and reduce local air pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Spotlight on co-benefits

Climate protection and development goals can be seamlessly linked, and our projects aim to advance sustainable development in a number of areas  that have been defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The revenue generated through the sale of carbon offsets can be an important component to development, by providing reliable funding streams to underserved regions. Carbon certificates can serve as a reputable vehicle for delivering development funds, while also benefiting the environment and the project activity.

When you choose to offset carbon emissions with a high quality project, your support will therefore provide a number of benefits, directly in the project region and beyond. You’ll find real and measurable co-benefits and as description of how they contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals in all our project presentations, where they are categorized as follows:

No poverty: Economic benefits resulting from climate protection projects can be manifold. At household level, for example, they may include fuel or electricity savings. Facilitating access to loans can help stimulate investments and support economic development in the project areas.

Zero hunger: Agriculture and nutrition play an important role for the future development of our planet and can help to end hunger and poverty. Many of our climate protection projects provide important benefits i.e. by introducing sustainable farming methods in agriculture and forestry. This helps to secure long-term food supply and to optimize yields.

Good health and well-being: By helping to keep air and water clean, our climate protection projects provide an array of health benefits for people in the project area. This includes reducing exposure to water-borne disease, and harmful smoke and pollutants which may result in respiratory diseases.

Quality education: Many emissions reduction projects introduce new technologies to project areas, bringing new skills in the process, while other projects fund substantial educational initiatives to build or maintain schools and improve access to education.

Gender equality: Many projects reduce emissions by alleviating the need to boil water prior to use within households, and help to achieve a reliable clean water supply, thereby minimizing the risk of spreading water-borne diseases. Forest conservation projects for example can help to prevent the silting-up of water springs. Other projects facilitate clean water access or enable the treatment of poor quality water for drinking.

Clean water and sanitation: Many projects reduce emissions by alleviating the need to boil water prior to use within households, and help to achieve a reliable clean water supply, thereby minimizing the risk of spreading water-borne diseases. Forest conservation projects for example can help to prevent the silting-up of water springs. Other projects facilitate clean water access or enable the treatment of poor quality water for drinking.

Affordable and clean energy: In many developing countries, a growing population and a developing economy pose major challenges for a reliable electricity supply at reasonable costs. Renewable energy can help to bridge the gap between supply and demand sustainably and can contribute to the improvement of living circumstances for many people by facilitating access to clean electricity.

Decent work and economic growth: New jobs are an obvious example of how climate protection projects can contribute to economic development, but other financial benefits may include fuel savings or electricity savings at the household level, improved access to loans or investments, and a more robust local economy. In many cases the projects lead to improved working conditions.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure: The funding from carbon credit sales enables the implementation of innovative projects, which would hardly been possible without this financial support. Especially in the renewable energy sector, many projects go along with the construction of new roads or otherwise improved infrastructure.

Reduced inequalities: Inequality is one of the greatest opponents of social instability and the gap between the rich and poor is vast in many countries. Many of our climate protection projects promote development in the poorest regions of the world and help levelling economic disparities.

Sustainable cities and communities: Due to the continued growth of cities around the world, many problems of economic, social and environmental nature are particularly challenging in metropolitan areas. By providing innovative development solutions, our climate protection projects can help defuse potential issues and improve living conditions in the urban environment.

Responsible consumption and production: Many of our climate protection projects promote the establishment of sustainable production processes by supporting appropriate initiatives. This creates alternative employment opportunities and secures long-term income for many needy people – whether through the production of eco-charcoal or through the sustainable use of existing natural resources.

Climate action: Climate protection is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century and it’s the central goal of all projects offered by First Climate.

Life below water: Only gradually do we begin to understand how strongly the oceans influence life on earth. Yet, the marine environment is under massive pressure and in fact threatened in its existence. With the construction of sanitary and water treatment plants, our climate protection projects contribute to keeping water resources pure and thus also help to protect the maritime environment.

Life on land: Combating climate change is the primary environmental focus of emissions reduction projects, but other environmental benefits include the protection of biodiversity, cleaner air and water, and innumerable ecosystem services.

Peace, justice and strong institutions: Lack of development perspectives and lack of access to school education both contribute to the development of dissatisfaction and corruption. By supporting economic development in a targeted way, our climate protection can help to fight corruption and to build strong institutions, which is the essence of No 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Partnership for the goals: In order to actively and successfully promote the Sustainable Development Goals, official and civil commitment must go hand in hand. By supporting our climate protection projects, you can therefore make an important contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.