Friday, February 22, 2008

African Carbon Trust

Design Indaba 2008 will again offset the carbon footprint of its conference, for the third year now.

Design Indaba continuously looks for ways to reduce our impact on the environment. For the past two years, Design Indaba has supported the planting of trees to offset our carbon footprint, however, as our knowledge of climate change has improved and the options for carbon mitigation increased, it is important for Design Indaba to choose the right project to support.

We are busy investigating two projects. Firstly, the Kuyasa project based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town – the very first project in the world to be certified as a CDM Gold Standard project. And secondly, a wind turbines project in the Western Cape, in association with Agama Energy.

Design Indaba is committed to reducing our carbon emissions and rethinking how we go about our daily living in an environmentally conscious manner. Our African Carbon Trust is an initiative to research the best carbon-offsetting strategy. A media campaign will be launched this year to raise awareness on how individuals and companies can make a difference in combating climate change and promoting sustainable development. Thanks also to a partnership with Toyota SA, a fleet of environmentally-friendly hybrid vehicles will transport our conference speakers.

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