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 2014
There is some hope that South Africa's proposed carbon tax will usher in a local carbon market. But will the tax ever be implemented and will South Africa learn the lessons on offer from the failed CDM market in designing the off-set component?

02 May 2014
National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining a carbon offset scheme to complement South Africa’s planned carbon tax, effective from 2016.

29 April 2014
The National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining proposals for a carbon offset scheme that would enable businesses to lower their carbon tax liability and make investments that would reduce GHG emissi

27 March 2014
A report released at the JSE on Wednesday concluded that the potential structuring of the market for a carbon-offset trading system in South Africa would be possible within the same time frame as the implementation of the country’s carbon tax in 2016.

25 March 2014
DevMit Forum at UCT not only chose to off-set the event’s emissions, but also honoured their own research and the strategic focus of the forum, by paying what has become a record price ($40/ ton) to the Credible Carbon registry for their off-sets.

10 October 2013
The good people at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership put this clip together in memory of our friend Peet du Plooy. It was based on an off-the-cuff public discussion at COP17 for which they captured the audio.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.