First ever issuance of Social Carbon credits from South-East Asia
South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd, one of the world’s leading developers of
premium emission reductions, today announces the first ever issuance of carbon credits
developed under the Social Carbon standard in South-east Asia.
Zurich, July 5, 2011, for immediate release After the recent successful issuance of Social Carbon
credits from a small hydro project in the mountains of Yunnan, South China, a first-ever outside the
standard’s origin Brazil, South Pole Carbon follows with yet another project, this time in Indonesia.
In collaboration with a local NGO, a series of long term social activities have been implemented
against the Social Carbon standard at a run-of-river hydro plant on the island of Sumatra. Now, the
first carbon credits certified with both Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Social Carbon (SC)
have been issued in the renowned Markit Environmental Registry.
The Sumatran run-of-river hydro poject is generating emission free power in a remote area of
Indonesia, using a huge natural height difference of about 500m to generate sustainable energy,
without the need for a retaining dam. Says Renat Heuberger, South Pole’s CEO who set up the
company’s Indonesian presence five years ago: "This hydropower project is a fantastic example of
how to get the most out of Indonesia’s rich renewable energy resources. No dams, no flooding of
land, no resettlement – and yet as much as 80 megawatts of clean electricity are installed, creating
additional jobs and income for the local population."
With Indonesia’s economy and population growing, the demand for power is on a steady rise,
putting global climate and local environment at risk if satisfied in a business-as-usual manner. In
this situation, carbon revenues are an important driver of investments into renewable energy in a
country still dependent on fossil fuels, despite its rich but mostly unleashed natural sources of
energy, such as geothermal and hydro power. South Pole has powered several emission reduction
projects in the renewable energy sector in the country which are managed from its Jakarta office.
Today, in a grown up carbon market, companies buying carbon offsets to balance their footprint
are more and more demanding, looking for more than just emission reductions. They are aware of
the importance of sustainable development in the affected regions and are willing to pay a
premium for projects with a record of social and environmental benefits. This is where the Brazil
based Social Carbon standard comes into play, providing project developers and buyers with clear
guidelines on supporting local communities on a long term basis, with annual third party checks
and reports. At South Pole’s Indonesian hydro plant, the SC programme includes several activities,
e.g. the free medical treatment of locals in the nearby villages of Silalahi and Parbuluhan, remote
villages far from the next city, Medan. In addition, the local tradition of weaving, an important
source of income for women, is supported by regular donations of threat and electricity.
The local school in Silalahi has received work and material support during building construction and
electricity and water installations to improve education opportunities for local youth. The multireligious
communities of North-Sumatra have received several donations to enable better
conditions in mosques and churches. By this and other activities, the project supports local
communities in a rural region far from urban centers, thus mitigating migration pressure to the
cities and rising the standard of living. Re-invested in such manner, carbon credits prove to be an
important tool for sustainable development and to ensure a true North-South collaboration.
Renat Heuberger on Social Carbon: “I am proud that once more we are paving the path for the
future carbon markets. Thanks to our great international team we managed to respond to the
market’s needs faster than anybody else, now already delivering Social Carbon credits from a
second of our Asian projects.” And adds: “The Social Carbon clearly proves South Pole’s
sustainable approach and our focus on carbon credits with a knack. With us, carbon buyers not
only receive high quality carbon reductions but also can be sure to support social and
environmental changes to the better in the specific project region.”
While the Social Carbon standard is focused on additional benefits to local communities, the
emission reductions of the project are developed against the renowned VCS, the most common
standard in the voluntary carbon market.
About the project
VCS project database:
Social Carbon report:
South Pole project fact sheet and video:
About South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd.
Zurich-based South Pole Carbon Asset Management is one of the world’s leading highquality
carbon offsetting companies. With more than 80 carbon professionals located in nine offices
around the globe, South Pole is as close to its projects as its clients. In over 21 countries, the
company enables the implementation and operation of high-quality projects that reduce
greenhouse gases. South Pole’s unparalleled portfolio comprises projects in the fields of
renewable energy, forestry, energy efficiency, waste management, methane avoidance, and many
other sectors. The company was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2006. Since then, it has shaped
the premium carbon markets. In 2011, South Pole was named Best Project Developer in
Environmental Finance’s Annual Voluntary Carbon Market Survey.
About Social Carbon:
SOCIALCARBON ® is a Standard developed by the Ecologica Institute in Brazil that certifies
voluntary emission reduction projects for their contributions to sustainable development. The
SOCIALCARBON Standard is founded on the principle that transparent assessment and
monitoring of the social and environmental performance of projects can improve their long-term
effectiveness and thus add value to the voluntary emission reductions generated. A key element is
the active participation of local communities. The Standard is applied and independently verified
each year to encourage progress and ensure continual improvements.
Carta da Terra
"Estamos diante de um momento crítico na história da Terra, numa época em que a humanidade deve escolher o seu futuro. À medida que o mundo torna-se cada vez mais interdependente e frágil, o futuro enfrenta, ao mesmo tempo, grandes perigos e grandes promessas. Para seguir adiante, devemos reconhecer que, no meio da uma magnífica diversidade de culturas e formas de vida, somos uma família humana e uma comunidade terrestre com um destino comum. Devemos somar forças para gerar uma sociedade sustentável global baseada no respeito pela natureza, nos direitos humanos universais, na justiça econômica e numa cultura da paz. Para chegar a este propósito, é imperativo que nós, os povos da Terra, declaremos nossa responsabilidade uns para com os outros, com a grande comunidade da vida, e com as futuras gerações." (da CARTA DA TERRA)