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Preliminary design approved for Kenya cookstoves project

We are proud to announce that the Kenya cookstoves project (the Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project), led by DGB Group, has been listed on the Gold Standard, one of the leading carbon standards in the world. The Preliminary Design is now approved. This achievement is another step in the verification process to ensure the project's effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions and preserving local ecosystems while positively impacting the local community.

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Haron Wachira, our Kenya Project Director, supervising the production process.

What is the Gold Standard?

The Gold Standard is a certification body that issues credits for carbon projects that meet the highest standards of quality, transparency, and environmental and social responsibility. Certification ensures that the project delivers real and measurable results and meets the highest standards of effectiveness and sustainability.

What does it mean to be listed?

When a carbon project is listed and public on the Gold Standard, it means that the project has undergone a rigorous process to ensure that it meets the Gold Standard's strict environmental and social criteria.

Listing a carbon project on the Gold Standard registry means that the project design is done and ready to be validated and verified by an independent third-party auditor. The auditor will evaluate whether the project can demonstrate the ability to reduce carbon emissions in a measurable and verifiable way.

The public listing of a project on the Gold Standard registry allows individuals and organisations to purchase verified carbon offsets from the project. These offsets can be used to offset their carbon emissions and support sustainable development initiatives around the world.

The significance of the Kenya cookstoves project's listing on the Gold Standard

The Kenya cookstoves project's listing on the Gold Standard is a significant achievement that highlights another step in the verification process and the project's effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions and preserving local ecosystems. The project aims to manufacture and distribute energy-efficient cookstoves to local communities in multiple sites across Mount Kenya and the Aberdare areas, reducing the amount of wood needed for cooking and thus reducing the pressure on local forests.

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Our cookstove being used by a local woman.

The project positively impacts the local community, as it improves indoor air quality, saves time and resources for the local communities, and preserves local ecosystems. The listing on the Gold Standard certification body ensures that the project meets the highest standards of quality, transparency, and environmental and social responsibility. This certification also helps to attract new investors and donors who prioritise sustainability and environmental responsibility in their projects.

What does this mean for the future of the project?

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Local woman proudly holding her newly made cookstove.

The listing on the Gold Standard is a significant achievement for the Kenya cookstoves project and serves as a solid foundation for the project's future growth and success. Certification ensures that the project will continue to deliver real and measurable results while meeting the highest standards of quality and effectiveness. It also helps to attract new investors and donors who prioritise sustainability and environmental responsibility in their projects.

See the detailed reports on the Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project

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