Virunga National Park and Africa’s leading carbon finance group, Aera Group have launched a VCS carbon certification process for Matebe hydro-power plant, offering the possibility for further carbon certification in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
VCS is the world’s first voluntary Greenhouse Gas Program whose carbon certification process is an effective and transparent tool in tracking and accounting the CO2 performance of clean energy projects.
Matebe hydro-power plant is part of the Virunga Alliance, a wider investment plan by the Virunga Foundation to provide access to energy for four million people who live and work in and around the Virunga National Park.
It will produce over 13.6 MW supplying 600, 000 people with clean, accessible and affordable electricity, kickstarting the green economy and creating more than 12, 000 sustainable jobs for people in the Rutshuru region.
“Protecting biodiversity, improving living conditions and preventing conflicts cannot be addressed without a sustainable pathway. We hope Virunga’s offering will attract those with an equal commitment to clean energy and employment based on a green economy,” said Emmanuel de Merode, Director, Virunga National Park.
The plant saves an estimated 50, 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually as it does not use heavy and polluting fossil fuels generators.
The carbon credits awarded for the reduced emissions can be sold to corporates, individuals or States dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality.