Towards a more standardised approach to baselines and additionality under the CDM. Case study II: Charcoal production.

Abstract

Improvements in the conversion of biomass to charcoal in Sub-Saharan Africa show a substantial potential for reductions in the associated GHG emissions. In Africa, over 20 Mt of charcoal are consumed per year. The strong and growing demand for charcoal fuel is an important cause of deforestation. More efficient charcoal production processes could decrease the wood consumption to 2.5 kg per tonne of charcoal.In Africa, over 20 Mt of charcoal are consumed per year. The strong and growing demand for charcoal fuel is an important cause of deforestation. More efficient charcoal production processes could decrease the wood consumption to 2.5 kg per tonne of charcoal.

CDM methodologies already exist for the mitigation of CH4 emissions in charcoal production but have not lead to a significant number of projects, mainly due to the complex requirements of project specific data. Standardised approaches can overcome the problem of high transaction costs incurred by the plant-specific data collection. This Case Study gives recommendations on the key technicalities of the standardised approaches to charcoal production projects. The proposed standardised approach would lead to significant ease of the data collection burden on project developers.

Citation

Hayashi, D.; Muller, N.; Feige, S.; Michaelowa, A. Towards a more standardised approach tobaselines and additionality under the CDM. Case study II: Charcoal production. (2010) 32 pp.

Towards a more standardised approach to baselines and additionality under the CDM. Case study II: Charcoal production.

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