UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas PoA gets 7th issuance of Gold Standard CERs

On 15 January 2020, UPM’s Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme (CDM PoA 2898, GS 1239) successfully obtained its seventh issuance with nearly 823,000 Gold Standard CERs, all vintage 2018. After deduction of 2% of issued carbon credits as CDM share of proceeds for climate change adaptation cost assistance, slightly more than 806,000 premium-quality GS CERs will be available for sale.

The next issuance of GS CERs, all vintage 2019, from this high-impact climate protection programme in China is expected for the second quarter of 2021 provided there will be no longer delays during monitoring and verification due to the spreading Corona virus.

Your contacts at UPM for the Sichuan Household Biogas PoA and its GS CERs are:

Martin Dilger, Managing Director, UPM Germany
mdilger(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +49 89 1222197 – 50

and

Gaiai Guo, Vice General Manager, UPM China
guog(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +86 10 6468 0500

UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas PoA gets 6th issuance of Gold Standard CERs

On 31 October 2019, UPM’s Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme (CDM PoA 2898, GS 1239) successfully obtained its sixth issuance with nearly 817,000 Gold Standard CERs, all vintage 2016. After deduction of 2% of issued carbon credits as CDM share of proceeds for climate change adaptation cost assistance, slightly more than 800,000 premium-quality GS CERs will be available for sale.

“After having completed several larger transactions in the voluntary carbon market with GS CERs from our Sichuan Household Biogas PoA throughout this year, we are happy to have filled up our carbon credit stock with another vintage of GS CERs to meet increased carbon offset demand also going forward.” comments Martin Dilger, UPM’s Managing Director.

The next issuance of GS CERs from this high-impact climate protection programme in China is already expected for the first quarter of 2020 and will again generate around 800,000 GS CERs, in this case all of these from vintage 2018.

Your contacts at UPM for the Sichuan Household Biogas PoA and its GS CERs are:

Martin Dilger, Managing Director, UPM Germany
mdilger(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +49 89 1222197 – 50

and

Gaiai Guo, Vice General Manager, UPM China
guog(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +86 10 6468 0500

Significant project milestones for UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas PoA: 5th successful issuance and program extension until 2026

After having successfully obtained its fifth issuance on 29 January 2019 with nearly 830,000 Gold Standard CERs, all vintage 2017, UPM’s Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme has recently also been extended for another seven years until 10 April 2026.

“This latest issuance of our Sichuan Household Biogas PoA and the extension of its crediting period reflect increasing carbon offset demand and put us in the position to continue supplying our clients with high-end Gold Standard CERs also from 2020 onwards under the Paris climate regime.” said Martin Dilger, Managing Director of UPM.

Under the programme, nearly 400,000 small-holder farmer households in Sichuan have been equipped with proven biogas digesters and are receiving free maintenance services. These devices save methane emissions by converting previously untreated animal manure into clean biogas which can then be used conveniently for cooking, heating and lighting instead of burning coal and firewood in open fireplaces with lots of carbon dioxide emissions and harmful smoke.

Microsoft has recently purchased a significant number of credits from the project as part of its commitment to operate carbon neutrally. Microsoft first supported the project in 2015. Its offset portfolio, which is created and managed by Natural Capital Partners, supports high quality emission reduction projects which also empower sustainable development for local communities.

“By operating carbon neutrally, Microsoft is both reducing our operational emissions through renewable energy and smart use of technology at our offices and data centers and addressing what we cannot reduce or replace through offset projects that deliver critical finance to innovative projects in other parts of the world. We selected the household biogas project in Sichuan because it is so beneficial to the health and livelihoods of farmers in this part of China, as well as supporting our emission reduction targets.” commented by Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Manager, Microsoft.

In addition to achieving access to sustainable and affordable energy, the participating households report much better health due to significantly reduced indoor air pollution. Through the improved waste management process, water quality and sanitary conditions are improved as well as increasing the use of organic digestate as a natural fertilizer on their fields instead of inferior synthetic fertilizers and dangerous pesticides. The project has also created thousands of jobs related to biogas digester construction and maintenance in rural Sichuan.

Mark LaCroix, Executive Vice-President Client Solutions at Natural Capital Partners, said “Increasingly our clients are looking for projects which enable them to link their carbon neutral targets with other sustainable development impacts. The biogas project in Sichuan is an ideal example of a project that delivers on those requirements and by verifying under the new Gold Standard for the Global Goals, it can point to an independent third party to credibly showcase those benefits.”

For UPM’s Managing Director, Martin Dilger, buyers like Microsoft deliver critical finance to enable the project to be sustainable. “We are very proud to have been selected as one of Microsoft’s projects. This sort of corporate demand has made it possible to keep our programme alive and enable so many people in the mountains of Sichuan to improve their quality of life significantly.”

Your contacts at UPM for the Sichuan Household Biogas PoA and its GS CERs are:

Martin Dilger, Managing Director, UPM Germany
mdilger(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +49 89 1222197 – 50

and

Gaiai Guo, Vice General Manager, UPM China
guog(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +86 10 6468 0500

UPM supports new ClimateSeed climate-action platform with Gold Standard carbon credits from its Sichuan Household Biogas Programme

Beijing/Munich, 11 March 2019 | News Release

From now on, UPM sells Gold Standard carbon credits from its much sought-after Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Programme via ClimateSeed, a new climate-action platform which is a BNP Paribas initiative and a Social Business recognized by Nobel Peace Prize Prof. Yunus. It is 100% dedicated to solving human problems and fight climate change. 

ClimateSeed is achieving its mission by operating a digital marketplace that connects a sustainable ecosystem of organizations, experts and project carriers that want to have an immediate positive impact on the planet.

In the ClimateSeed platform, organisations and corporations can support sustainable projects that capture and avoid GHG emissions. By supporting these sustainable projects, they can compensate the carbon emissions of their daily activity and they can also create zero-impact businesses, products, events and cities.

To do so, they sign up to climateseed.com, browse and contribute to those sustainable quality-checked projects to securely and easily offset their emissions. This way, organisations and corporations can boost their brand and competitive advantage by positively impacting the environment and society. Then, they can use ClimateSeed tools to promote their climate-positive actions and shape their education campaign for clients, employees and investors.

All presented climate action projects should have high co-benefits and need to be certified by most reputable international standards such as Verra (ex-VCS) and the Gold Standard to qualify for offering their VERs (Voluntary Emission Reductions) or VCUs (Verified Carbon Units) through ClimateSeed.

“We are convinced that ClimateSeed will be a highly useful platform to bring together the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality checked carbon credits with the most sophisticated carbon offsetters and impact investors. Therefore, we are really pleased to be an official ClimateSeed partner and look forward to having a long and successful cooperation,” UPM’s Managing Director Martin Dilger on the reasons to join this initiative.

For more information, please visit: www.climateseed.com

Your contacts at UPM for the Sichuan Household Biogas PoA and its GS CERs are:

Martin Dilger, Managing Director, UPM Germany
mdilger(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +49 89 1222197 – 50

and

Gaiai Guo, Vice General Manager, UPM China
guog(at)upm-cdm.eu, T: +86 10 6468 0500 

UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas PoA selected for the 3rd year by the German Federal Government to offset business trip’s GHG emissions.

Beijing/Munich, 14 January 2019 | News Release

The German Government, through its Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit) has recently announcedthe result of a new tender aiming at offsetting the unavoidable carbon emissions produced by all business trips (service vehicles and air travel) of the federal government in 2017. Since the initial purchase in 2016, it is the fifth time in three years that UPM’s high-quality Gold Standard (GS) CDM Sichuan Household Biogas PoA is selected to contribute to a share of the offset.

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Remarkable Achievement towards Climate Change Mitigation: UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas PoA avoids 4.5 Million Tons of GHG Emissions

Beijing/Munich, 03 December 2018 | News Release

UPM is delighted to announce that its Gold Standard and CDM certified Sichuan Household Biogas Programme of Activities (PoA) has avoided to date a total of 4.5 million tons of GHG emissions. This new emission reduction milestone is equivalent to GHG emissions of almost 1 million passenger cars for one year. With almost 400,000 poor rural households supported by the programme and measurable impacts on 14 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, UPM’s PoA remains at the forefront of carbon offset projects offering holistic approaches to climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

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UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas PoA gets its 4th Issuance and will be showcased at the upcoming Gold Standard’s Grow to Zero Conference

Beijing/Munich, 16 April 2018 | News Release

On 10 April 2018, UPM’s flagship project, the Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme of Activities (PoA), had its fourth issuance with nearly 750,000 Gold Standard CERs (GS CERs), all of them from vintage year 2015.

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UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas Programme is the first ever to be certified under the new Gold Standard for the Global Goals

Beijing/Munich, 26 March 2018 | News Release
On 31 January 2018, UPM’s Sichuan Rural Poor Household Biogas Development Programme (CDM PoA 2898, GS 1239) has been successfully migrated to the new Gold Standard for the Global Goals (GS4GG). According to information from the Gold Standard, it is the first Programme of Activities (PoA) worldwide to have accomplished this transition. The GS4GG certification is effective as of 14 August 2017.

UPM’s Sichuan Household Biogas PoA enters BP Target Neutral project portfolio

We are pleased to announce that our award-winning GS CDM Sichuan Household Biogas PoA is now part of the BP Target Neutral portfolio of carbon offsetting projects. The programme was put forward by Natural Capital Partners, specialists in the sale of offset projects to corporate clients around the world and the company responsible for the transaction with BP Target Neutral.

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Our PoA helps We Belong Forums China 2016 becoming carbon neutral

We are delighted to announce that its flagship GS CDM Sichuan Household Biogas PoA has been selected by the participants of the We Belong Forums 2016 to offset the GHG emissions of the events hosted in Beijing & Shanghai in October 2016. Our French business partner EcoAct was the carbon offset sponsor of these events on sustainable business and innovation.

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