Bangna Starch Wastewater Treatment and Biogas Utilization Project

Gold Standard

We have now offset another 15 000 ton CO2eq in another CDM and Gold Standard certified project! A big thank you to all our more than 2300 users for making this possible!

The Bangna Starch Wastewater Treatment and Biogas Utilization Project takes care of harmful and odorous methane emissions from wastewater. The methane have been cleverly repurposed to generate biogas energy at a Cassava starch plant in the Kalasin Province. This has greatly improved the air quality in the area, and created new training and job opportunities for local workers.

Embedded in the forests at the foot of the Phu Pan hills, the Kalasin Province region is typified by agriculture. The growth and processing of Cassava starch is a huge aspect of the economy here. However these starch processing factories place significant strain on the environment, requiring a high demand of water for washing the cassava, with pungently odoured methane emissions and high fossil fuel reliance. The Bangna Biogas Project neatly addresses all of these environmental issues by replacing the old cascading open anaerobic lagoon treatment system with a modern Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactor system. It captures biogas from plant wastewater that would have previously been emitted into the atmosphere, instead using it to replace fossil fuels to generate electricity which is then exported to the national grid. In addition to this, the treated wastewater can now be recycled and used for cleaning the cassava, which saves many tonnes of fresh water per day.

For the local community, the air quality has improved vastly, special training opportunities have been provided and several permanent jobs created to operate and maintain the biogas facilities.

UN Sustainable Development Goals that the project also contributes to:

Treated wastewater can be recycled for washing cassava

8800 MWh of clean electricity is generated yearly

22 permanent jobs created including 15 from the local area

More information about this project in the Gold Standard registry:

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Wind Farm (Hindustan) Ltd in Karnataka, India

Gold Standard

We have now offset another 15 000 ton CO2eq in a CDM and Gold Standard certified project! A big thank you to all our more than 1800 users for making this possible!

The Enercon Wind Farm (Hindustan) Ltd project installs and manages wind turbines with a total effect of 68,8 MW in Karnataka, India. The climate benefit comes from replacing fossil intense energy (73.46 % of all energy in India comes from fossil fuels) with the renewable energy from the wind turbines.

UN Sustainable Development Goals that the project also contributes to:

The project reduces the burning of coal which means that fewer for humans harmful substances. are released in the atmosphere.

The project contributes to the economic development in the region by creating local job opportunities during installation and operation, as well as construction of roads.

The project reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur and particulates from the combustion of fossil fuels.

More information about this project in the Gold Standard registry (including verification and monitoring reports):

More information on the UN CDM-site:

Invoice: faktura 3000891 and faktura3000906

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Godawari Green Energy Solar Thermal Power Project

Gold Standard

We have now offset another 10,000 ton CO2eq in a CDM and Gold Standard certified project!

Located in northern India, this large-scale, 50 MW-capacity solar thermal power project generates almost 119,000 MWh for India’s Combined Regional Grid, displacing electricity sourced from the burning of fossil fuels to reduce emissions and contribute to regional sustainable development.

India is the world’s second largest country by population, beaten only by China – and it is rapidly catching up. As its developing economy strengthens further and rapid population growth continues, India’s energy needs are rising. While the share of renewables in India’s energy mix is growing, coal still accounts for over half of its electricity production.

Located in Jaisalmer District in North India’s Rajasthan State, this large-scale solar thermal power project helps satiate India’s growing energy demands. The 50 MW-capacity solar thermal plant uses parabolic trough technology to generate almost 119,000 MWh of clean energy for the Combined Regional Grid annually, further diversifying India’s electricity mix away from fossil fuels.

On top of supplanting fossil fuels with clean electricity to reduce emissions, the project proponent commits 2% of Carbon Emission Reduction (CER) sales to community welfare and sustainable development projects. The social benefits of this include local employment opportunities that alleviate regional poverty, as well as better roads and improved basic infrastructure. The project also contributes to the transfer of environmentally sound, state-of-the-art thermal solar power generation technology in India, and encourages further

More information about this project in the Gold Standard registry (including verification and monitoring reports):

More information on the UN-site here:

Invoice: Faktura Godwari Solar Energy

Certificate: Intyg klimatkompensation GNC okt 2018

See more pictures of the project here:

5 best tips for a climate-friendly home renovation

Fossil free colors.

Milla Qviberg, founder of Ekorummet and writer in the Swedish eco-magazine Kloka Hem, shares her best tips for remodeling a home with the smallest climate footprint possible.

The absolute best tip is to do as little as possible. That is, do not renovate or replace furniture just for the sake of it. According to a report by the Swedish Nature Conservation Association, furniture consumption in Sweden has increased by more than 50% since 2005. Stated in the report, the exchange of furniture – like a new sofa or a new kitchen – has a big negative impact on the environment.

If you still really fancy a remake, keep the following in mind:

1. Think long-term and sustainable
Choose colors and materials that are relevant over time. Think classic instead of latest trends. Go for solid wood floors that can be grinded several times. Don’t go for untreated wallpaper in rooms with strong sunlight to avoid a sun bleached and worn out look. Maintain the materials properly so that they last for a long time.

2. Use natural materials that age beautifully
Clay, stone and solid wood ages well. There are natural, fossil free colors that are biodegradable, such as Auro wall paint and Leino’s ceiling and wall paint.

3. Think reface instead of replace
Change the appearance of the floor by grinding it down and go for a new surface treatment. Give the kitchen cabinets a face lift with new color or consider just replacing the doors and drawers-fronts while keeping the kitchen frames. If, however, the kitchen needs to be replaced, check out eco-labeled kitchens that are popping up on the market.

4. Use functional design
In addition to being decorative, interior design can also fill important features such as air-purifying, sound-absorbing, etc. Choose plants with air-purifying features. Go for wall decorations in sustainable materials that are both beautiful and sound absorbing (for example

5. Go all in for reuse
There are loads of tips and inspiration on new design for your old drawer, bookshelf or just about anything. Check out Pinterest and Instagram and search for “hacks” or “IKEA hacks”. Have fun!

IKEA hacks och DYI

Za Hung Hydropower in Vietnam

We have now offset another 6000 ton CO2eq in a CDM and Gold Standard certified project! A big thank you to all our more than 800 users for making this possible!

The Za Hung Hydropower project is a small scale hydropower project situated at the A Vuong River in the Quang Nam province, in the South Central region of Vietnam. With an electricity generation of 114,079 MWh per year, the plant contributes to bridging the supply-demand gap in the region and improves the livelihoods of local communities where minority ethnic groups live.

Power consumption in Vietnam has been growing by about 15 percent annually. Unfortunately, the predominant use of coal-fired electricity generation contributes to large amount of greenhouse gas emissions and poor air quality for inhabitants in the areas where these energy plants exist. Hydropower is part of a plan the Vietnamese government has developed to increase access to clean electricity for its population.

The Za Hung Hydropower Plant has two turbines with a total installed capacity of 30 MW and an annual output of 114,079 MWh. The plant provides clean electricity to about 19,870 homes and helps the country to meet its growing energy demands. By offsetting the grid with clean electricity, the use of coal-fuel is reduced and as a result less greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere.

The project supports sustainable development in the region by creating jobs for local villagers, and by funding the construction of road infrastructure and houses. In addition, the project owner has set up a grant fund that donates money to households affected by severe floods in recent years. Due to the Za Hung Hydropower Plant, local communities benefit from improved electricity, drainage, roads, and better air quality.

More information about this project in the Gold Standard registry (including verification and monitoring reports):

More information on the UN-site here:

Invoice: 180822 – Za Hung Project

Certificate: Intyg klimatkompensation GNC aug 2018

Our best beach reads!

Here are our best summer beach reads if you want to change the world or at least understand it a bit better! What is your best tip?

Factfulness – Hans Rosling. 2018.
“…Factfulness is a new thinking habit that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to challenges and opportunities of the future.”
No one is too small to make a difference – Greta Thunberg. 2019.
“Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.”

Kalle ⇒ Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming – Paul Hawken. 2017.
New York Times bestseller. This book describes the 100 solutions that makes the biggest difference for climate change.

Cissi ⇒ The history of bees – Maja Lunde. 2015.
A novel that deals with the high-level topic of species extinction in a captivating and easy-to-read format.

How bad are bananas, Mike Berners-Lee, 2011
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace-Wells, 2019
⇒ Cradle to Cradle, William McDonough, 2009
⇒ This is not a drill, Extinction Rebellion, 2019


Landfill Gas to Electricity Project in Thailand

Thailand Landfil gas to electricity project
Thailand Landfil gas to electricity project

We have now offset another 4000 ton CO2eq in a CDM and Gold Standard certified project! The project is a landfill gas to electricity project, which means that the project extracts and captures gas from a landfill site and converts it to electricity. The electricity is used in Thailand which has an otherwise a very coal, oil and natural gas intense electricity grid – with about 12% renewables –and is planning to increase the amount of electricity coming from coal plats, which makes this project have an extra large impact.

A big thank you to all our users! Thank you so much for making this possible!

More information about this project in the Gold Standard registry (including verification and monitoring reports):

More information on the UN-site here:

Certificate: Certifikat GO Climate Neutral Thai Landfill Gas

Invoice: Kvitto Go Climate-2

Investment in Nanyang Danjiang River Solar Cooker Project

We have now invested in the Gold Standard-certified CDM-project “Nanyang Danjiang River Solar Cooker Project” and contributed to preventing 4000 ton of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere. Thank you so much everyone for contributing to a cleaner and greener future!

The Nanyang Solar Project improves the indoor hygiene and living conditions of 50.000 rural households in one of the poorest regions in China. By replacing traditional coal-fired cooking stoves with clean solar cookers – CO2-emissions are reduced and the quality of life of 50.000 rural household are improved.

More information on the UN-site:

More information on the Gold Standard Registry:

You can find the invoice here: Nanyang_invoice

Investment certificate can be found here: Certifikat_GS_2017 GoClimate China

Does carbon offsetting really make a difference?

Yes, carbon offsetting works. But in order to make a real, verified and lasting difference it’s important to choose the climate projects you offset through with care.

So, how can you be sure that the money we invest actually contributes to real climate benefit? Well, there are several different organisation that approves and certifies climate projects to ensure this. The largest standards are CDM (which the UN is behind), Gold Standard (which WWF among others are behind), Plan Vivio, VCS and Fair Trade. Emissions trading also used to be a way to carbon offset, but is no longer an effective way to achieve real and lasting climate benefit.

We at GoClimate has gone from doing carbon offseting in UN-certified projects (CDM) to investing in projects that are both UN-certified and also certified by Gold Standard Foundation. These projects are more expensive, but keeps a higher quality and are more audited by independent third parties than the projects that are only UN-certified. You can read more about Gold Standard here:

It is also important to invest in projects that are already completed. If the projects are completed, third parties can verify the actual climate benefit achieved – unlike in projects where climate benefits are just something that someone hopes to achieve in the future.

By investing in CDM- and Gold Standard-certified projects – and also only invest in projects that are already completed and verified – you can be sure that your money has contributed to real climate benefit – and that your carbon offsetting works.