The Virunga Foundation and the Aera Group have launched a VCS carbon certification for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) renewable energy sector. The carbon certification program is for the DRC’s Matebe hydropower plant.

VCS is the world’s foremost voluntary greenhouse gas program.

Matebe will produce more than 13.6 MW, supplying 600,000 people with clean, accessible and affordable electricity, kick-starting the green economy and bringing over 12,000 sustainable jobs for those in the region of Rutshuru.

The plant is part of a wider investment plan called the Virunga Alliance, initiated by the Virunga Foundation to provide access to energy for the four million people who live and work in and around the Virunga National Park.

The carbon credits awarded for the reduced CO2 emissions will become an important environmental asset which can be sold to respected corporations, individuals, and others dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality. The VCS carbon certificate is seen as an effective tool to transparently track and account for the CO2 performance of Virunga’s clean energy projects.

Source: Alternative Energy Africa

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