Green deal

Published: Thursday 15 July 2004

FaL-G tech: eco-friendly facil (Credit: INSWAREB)The World Bank (wb) has issued a letter of intent for the purchase of 8 lakh tonnes of carbon credits from the Visakhapatnam-based Institute for Solid Waste Research & Ecological Balance (inswareb). The purchase from the fly ash, lime, gypsum (fal-g) brick and block industry will result in earnings to the tune of us $4 million.

The institute will bundle over 300 licensed plants of fal-g brick production and transfer the credits to the wb in the next 10 years. The earnings from the credits would go to micro units run by small entrepreneurs. inswareb has catalysed a commercial organisation, Eco-Carbon Private Limited, to function as the project sponsor coordinating all commercial activities.

The deal has been signed in anticipation of the enforcement of the Kyoto Protocol. The treaty gives industrialised countries, which have to meet carbon dioxide emission reduction targets, the option of investing in cheaper projects to reduce such emissions in developing countries. The emissions saved are the carbon credits to be sold to developed countries.

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