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!

Find out more about the PACE centre's services

News

07 January 2016
The Climate Trust has put together six predictions of carbon market trends in 2016 - mainly US-based, but also applicable elsewhere.

07 January 2016
Voluntary demand for carbon offsetting grew 4 percent in 2012, when buyers committed more than $523 million to offset 101 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

07 January 2016

04 January 2016

17 December 2015

15 December 2015
After two weeks of negotiations in Paris, a climate agreement that is being called "transformative" has been reached.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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