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Carbon Neutral

Since 2009 the Business Design Centre has been operating as a CarbonNeutral® Venue, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Since 2009 the Business Design Centre has been operating as a CarbonNeutral® Venue, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The projects that the BDC works on in association with the CarbonNeutral® Company provide most needed help on various projects around the world. You can read below about these projects in more detail: 

KATETE IMPROVED COOKSTOVES PROJECT, ZAMBIA 

This project was one of the first carbon neutral projects to take place in Zambia, to help decrease emission whilst also facilitating sustainable development in one of the world’s least developed countries. The efficient stoves in this project significantly decrease the amount of biomass fuel needed, alleviating pressure on forests and removing harmful pollution that causes respiratory problems in households. The project directly benefits groups with low incomes and little alternative but to use biomass for fuel, reducing health impacts and reducing the significant time needed to gather fuel. 

ACRE AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST CONSERVATION PROJECT 

This project aims to prevent deforestation in 35,000 hectares of pristine rainforest in Brazil's Acre state, home to the Amazon basin and some of the world's most bio diverse habitats. The Acre Amazonian Rainforest Conservation Project is a REDD+ project, working with communities and local groups to use carbon revenues to help protect ecosystem services while providing alternative models of economic development that avoid forest destruction.  The project aims to conserve nearly 35,000 hectares of mainly pristine rainforest by halting the threat of deforestation from infrastructure development, commercial agriculture and slash-and-burn practices. 

MERU AND NANYUKI COMMUNITY REFORESTATION PROJECT 

Integrating reforestation to sequester carbon with community development activities, the Meru and Nanyuki Community Reforestation Project in Kenya, combines hundreds of individual tree planting activities and enables local communities to improve access to food and create additional sources of income beyond subsistence farming. Based near the slopes of Mt. Kenya in the central part of the country, the project consists of over four thousand individual project areas and over eight thousand members. The project enables members, who are small hold farmers, to plant trees on their land only to the extent that they can afford to, as they still use the majority for subsistence agriculture

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