Welcome to the Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE) website - the online home of the PACE centre. On this website you can find out about our services and projects.

PACE centre services and track-record

PACE was established in 2004. Since then we have explored various ways of making the global carbon market work in Africa - and particularly to work for poor people in Africa. The Credible Carbon registry, the first of its kind in Africa, seeks to structurally alter the way in which poverty alleviating carbon projects are brought to the market. 

In 2011 Credible Carbon sold over 11 000 tCO2 and returned more than R700,000 in carbon revenue to poverty-alleviating projects in southern Africa. In 2012 we did even better, selling nearly 41 000 tCO2 to over 100 different clients and returning R1,7 million to local projects. Our top sales price in 2012 was R250 per tCO2 and in last project we returned 91% of total carbon revenue to the project - that is after project proponent fees, legal fees and the cost of an indepenent audit.

PACE is a major project proponent to the Credible Carbon registry and enjoy their success. We are looking forward to 2013!

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16 November 2015

12 November 2015
THE Davis Tax Review Committee believes that the proposed carbon tax be introduced with an initial zero liability from 2017 to allow for the system to be tested, for more data to be collected and for initial teething problems to be addressed.

03 November 2015
Ecosystem Marketplace's newest report, Converging at the Crossroads: State of Forest Carbon Finance 2015, is out today and available for download

02 November 2015
A draft Carbon Tax Bill released yesterday for comment proposes a revised carbon tax design informed by the need for a system that is administratively feasible and practically applicable to ‘most greenhouse gas emissions’.

02 November 2015
SA’s proposed tax on gas emissions will not impact on already high electricity prices, nor will it add pressure to sectors such as the mining industry, the Treasury said yesterday (Monday).

01 November 2015
CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) reported a threefold increase in the number of companies that use an internal price on carbon. 436 companies now use an internal price on carbon, up from 150 companies last year.


Just back from COP17. An impressive event both in terms of scale and content. Not confident about a legally binding, fair and urgent agreement but more hope than a week ago. Impressive none the less to see how many committed people are working on a range of inspiring issues.


Welbedacht - Low Income, Energy Efficient Housing
This project supports the installation of solar water heaters, compact fluorescent lighting, a cooking option using LP Gas, solar cookers and/or gelfuel, and electricity generation for households in Welbedacht, KwaZulu-Natal.

Greenpop - Day of 1,000 Trees
Greenpop use trees to build social bridges and transform communities in a novel and remarkable way. PACE supported the planting of 1,100 indigenous and fruit bearing trees in Manenberg, outside Cape Town in exchange for the carbon sequestrated by these trees.

This project involves households displacing coal, wood, paraffin and dung fuel sources with bioethanol gel (a by-product of the local sugarcane industry).

Kuyasa is a low-carbon housing development in one of the poorest and most vulnerable corners Khayelitsha, Western Cape. By 2014, the project had installed 110 litre solar water heaters, ceiling insulation and compact fluorescent energy efficient lightbulbs (CFLs) on 2,100 houses. The intention is to reduce household expenditure on coal-fired electricity and supplementary paraffin and to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with heating homes and water and indoor lighting.

The Wildlands Conservation Trust has enabled the establishment of local recycling operations, focused around community based “waste-preneurs”, schools and local businesses in Gauteng and KwaZulu- Natal – Wildlands Recycling projects. These waste-pre

Spier Mob Grazing
A portion of the Spier farm in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, has been dedicated to a biodynamic form of livestock farming called "mob grazing". The approach involves high density, multiple rotation grazing of cattle, sheep and chickens and laboratory tests show that it has returned significant carbon to the soil.

Hout Bay Recycling Co-op
By sorting and selling the recycled waste the project has created employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for residents of Imizamo Yethu township in Hout Bay.

This project, located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa generates credits from the composting sawmill residue to make an organic berry growing medium. The process reduces methane emisisons from the sawmill and displaces inorganic fertiliser.