CO2 emissions. UN certifies
The Sococim Industries project for using jatropha nuts and other biomass residue as a substitute for imported coal has been certified by the United Nations.
In March, the CDM Executive Board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approved registration of Sococim Industries’ scheme for using jatropha nuts and other biomass residue (e.g. peanut shells) as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. The materials substitute for imported coal in kiln lines at the Rufisque cement plant, Senegal.
The CO2 emissions prevented by the project at the Rufisque plant can now be converted into certified emission reduction (CER) credits for a 7-year crediting period, renewable twice. During the first period it is expected some 80,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided, followed by 130,000 tonnes for the following two periods.
What is the CDM?
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is defined in the Kyoto Protocol. It provides advantages for developing countries which implement solutions for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. CDM certification generates ‘carbon credits’ enabling the party carrying out the project to obtain additional resources for implementing clean technologies that will help combat climate change.