Climate protection project: Efficient stoves for Lesotho
In 2010, Deutsche Post DHL initiated a highly successful climate protection project in the southern African nation of Lesotho as part of its GoGreen environmental protection program.
In the rural areas of Lesotho, meals are traditionally prepared indoors over an open fire. This method requires large amounts of firewood, which produces smoke that damages people’s health and pollutes the environment. As part of its GOGREEN product offering, Deutsche Post DHL has been helping distribute high-efficiency, wood-burning “Save80” stoves to Lesotho’s rural villages. These stainless steel stoves use up to 80% less firewood than traditional cooking methods. Less firewood means less smoke and a decrease in emissions that are harmful to human health and the environment. And since they require less wood, the stoves also help slow deforestation and soil erosion.
Since the project’s inception in 2010, Deutsche Post DHL has financed and delivered some 10,000 wood-burning stoves to households throughout Lesotho. We have done this in close cooperation with atmosfair, one of Germany’s leading carbon offset project developers.
The carbon credits generated by the project are applied to our GOGREEN products. Starting in 2014, the ten-year project is expected to create an annual saving of 20,000 tonnes of CO2. These savings will be applied as carbon credits to our GOGREEN delivery services. In 2013, the first 2,000 credits were issued based on the high-quality CER Gold Standard level and were used for offsetting.