The first-ever carbon credits trading in Africa has been concretised by Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) and Volta cars Rental Services (VRS).
I&P is the leading carbon finance group, dedicated to (partnering with) small and medium size enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa, while VRS is a car leasing company operating in West Africa.
“We develop a strong environmental strategy; CO2 emissions are at the heart of our concerns and we are pleased to offer our customers the option to offset their carbon footprint. Today’s transaction is pioneering and a unique choice, which distinguishes us on the West African market. We hope it will become standard in our sector.”VRS will aggregate the offset demand of customers taking part in the “carbon neutral” program each quarter and for the whole fleet concerned. The carbon credit purchases will be made with same periodicity,” Thomas Crand, a co-founder of VRS said at the launch.
According to a release, the transaction, secured by ecosur afrique, will enable VRS customers to offset the CO2 emissions of vehicles leased in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
The carbon credits, or emission reductions, which are at base of the offset transaction, are generated from the dissemination of energy efficient cooks stoves in Côte d’Ivoire. The cook stoves are distributed as part of the “Soutra Fourneau” programme financed and operated by ecosur afrique.
“They allow to reduce charcoal consumption of small entrepreneurial users such as restaurants or canteens. The use of charcoal and firewood for cooking purposes remains a major source of CO2 emissions and deforestation in West Africa. Beyond the environmental aspect, the benefits are numerous: redistribution of purchasing power to consumers, decrease of noxious fumes, reduction of meal preparation time by half,” the release by Africa Press Organisation, satates in part..
Fabrice Le Sache, the CEO of ecosur afrique, noted that the future of carbon credit markets lies in Africa.
“The exchange of carbon credits involves traditionally their transfer from developing countries to industrialized countries. We are convinced that the future of the market lies in part in the development of the South / South transactions, particularly within Africa. We have been working for several years on our carbon credit offer in order to create sufficient liquidity allowing the emergence of such a market. With over 40 projects in 17 countries, we now have the largest portfolio of African carbon credits in terms of volume and diversity. We must now increase and expand the demand; Similar CO2 offset transactions are under negotiation with African hotel chains, carriers and agribusinesses,” Le Sache said.
According to Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires, his company is committed to pioneering entrepreneurial ideas.
“I&P shows, once again, its commitment to pioneering entrepreneurial ideas, both to strengthen the business model of its holdings, to offer them distinctive solutions in their market and to assist them in environmental and social performance, a pre-condition of economic sustainability,” Severino said.
The investment partners will lay emphasis on, among others, companies which deal with logistics, transport and distribution of fresh products.