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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News

01 June 2016
Credible Carbon in the 2016 Voluntary Carbon Market Report once again.: Voluntary buyers around the world paid to offset 84.1 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2015. The average price of carbon offsets fell 14% to an all-time low of US$3.3 per ton.

31 May 2016

27 May 2016
This year’s report documents a 10% increase in voluntary demand for carbon offsets in 2015 as mainly private sector actors sought to neutralize their unavoidable emissions outside and ahead of carbon regulation

27 May 2016
This year’s report documents a 10% increase in voluntary demand for carbon offsets in 2015 as mainly private sector actors sought to neutralize their unavoidable emissions outside and ahead of carbon regulation

14 April 2016
Summary of a blog on the Ceres website about how carbon pricing can help wean us off fossil fuels while providing many benefits. Carbon pricing is widely supported (40 countries and 20 cities, states and regions) and has shown large investment benefits.

31 March 2016
The next step in the process of the South African Tax Bill coming into effect is another round of public consultation. This will be held on 15 April, 2016, at the Treasury Building in Pretoria. Please RSVP by 4 April, 2016.

COP17

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.

Projects

Kuyasa
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.

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.

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

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.

Walker's Recycling
Walkers Recycling is a family run business started by Eddie Walker at his Mitchells Plain home. It began by collecting run from a residential base that began by collecting high-value recyclable material from the CBD in 2005. It has since evolved into a sm

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.

Cato Manor
Low carbon housing in Cato Manor as part of South Africa's climate adaptation for COP17.

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.