SWISS and myclimate have been working together on the climate protection and the carbon offset fronts since 2007. Both partners’ websites offer visitors a facility for calculating the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that will be emitted through their individual air travel, along with the opportunity to offset this if they wish by making a donation – via myclimate – that will help finance a specific portfolio of climate protection projects.
SWISS supports myclimate projects in Switzerland and in various developing and emerging countries. The donation made by any SWISS customer wishing to offset the CO2 emissions that their air travel causes will be used to help finance quality certificated global climate protection projects that meet the highest criteria (Gold Standard, CDM), and that not only reduce greenhouse gases but also help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the regions concerned, by providing the local population with social, economic and ecological benefits (such as creating jobs, promoting knowledge and technology transfers or generally raising the local quality of living).
myclimate guarantees its customers that emission reductions achieved (= climate donations) through energy projects will be realized at the latest within two years in climate protection projects, and that the corresponding certificates will be “retired” after a maximum of three years. Being a non-profit foundation, myclimate further guarantees that at least 80 per cent of the carbon offset donations it receives will be used directly in climate protection projects. You’ll find further information on myclimate and its carbon offset activities here.
In order to reduce CO2 and counter the rapid deforestation on Madagascar, myclimate supports the manufacture and distribution of efficient cookers and climate-friendly solar cookers. The sensibilisation of pupils about environmental protection and climate friendly cooking as well as the reforestation of one seedling per cook stove sold are part of that project. More information about the project.
The overall objective of this climate protection project is the installation of domestic biogas digesters as a clean, sustainable energy source throughout Indonesia. Domestic biogas provides a sustainable way for individual households with livestock to reduce dependence on firewood and expensive fossil fuels. More information about the project.
Traditionally the rural communities of the Siaya region of western Kenya have cooked on open fires, which require huge amounts of firewood. Thanks to community savings and loaning (CSL) groups, however, women can now afford more efficient stoves. This reduces the demand for firewood and thus protects the local forests, which leads to reduced CO2 emissions. Furthermore the CSL groups lead to a financial and social empowerment of women. More information about the project.
In the Brazilian Amazonas region, myclimate supports the switch from diesel to climate-friendly FSC woodchips for the production of electricity. This small-scale project is the first worldwide that generates emission reduction certificates on the basis of sustainably harvested biomass from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forestry. More information about the project.
In addition, some of the carbon offset donations is used for various climate protection projects in Switzerland.