07 December 2008

Carbon Credit Offset Project in Ecuador

My wife made this video for Piqqo, a European company that provides exposure for emissions trading projects that need funding. End-users of Piqqo buy carbon credits to offset emissions from their business or lifestyle.

She really enjoyed producing this video and we learned a lot about certificates awarded by the U.N. for important environmentally friendly projects.

We don't buy sugar, though. We only consume sugar-cane in the house because it is a lot healthier. So, this sugar production plant may be energetically self-sufficient, but it would provide even more benefit to the community if it stopped processing sugar-cane into sugar.

Enjoy the video!


Anonymous said...

Cool article! Love the video and music.
Te pasaste Kathy

Chyi said...

Hi, I really enjoyed the video, and I have a question. If we stop processing sugar cane into sugar, do you mean that we should use it to produce energy, like corn?

Justin said...

Chyi - I am glad you enjoyed the video! My point is that sugar cane is what you get when you crush the plant in a grinder. The juice is collected and it solidifies naturally. This solid mass is pure sugar cane and it is healthy. In order to make sugar from this, the sugar cane is processed to make it white and so that it takes the grainy form. This process takes all of the nutrients from the sugar cane, leaving a totally nutritionally void product.

So, my suggestion is just to leave it as sugar cane and learn to eat something that is brown and not white! Simple!

The crushed plants can then be used to produce energy as the sugar plant does in the video. This way we are getting all of the nutritional value from the plant and using it to produce energy, unlike corn where we have to not eat it in order to produce energy.

Anonymous said...

Hi, my friend is a friend of your mothers and gave me your link because I live in Cuenca. She said you are a raw foodist or raw foodist enthusiast. Curious if thats so. Also curious to learn more about what you have done with green credits. Would like to know how to apply that to land we are looking to form a community on. Maybe we could get together next time we go to Guayaquil or if you come here. Lori blovins@hotmail.com

Justin said...

Lori - What a surprise to hear how you came across this blog! I am nothing more than a vegetarian enthusiast. I have done nothing with carbon credits other than help my wife produce a video about them. I'd like to hear more about your land project, so I'll email you!