South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange

SS-GATE Case Study – UNFCCC-SS-GATE Carbon Offsetting at the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17)

By securing donors and providing end-to-end transaction services through its global platform, SS-GATE has offset travel- and construction- related emissions from two major United Nations events: the United Nations Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, and the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa.

In partnership with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, SS-GATE offset the emissions resulting from the travel of nearly 800 staff and delegates to the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa. SS-GATE secured a private Southern financier to purchase and retire certified

emission reductions (CERs) to offset the 1,844 tons of CO2 resulting from the travel of 398 secretariat staff and 369 supported delegates to and from the conference. Travel emissions were calculated using the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon emissions calculator in partnership with the UNFCCC secretariat.

The purchased CERs originated from the Lawley Corobrik Fuel Switch Project in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was instituted under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol and involved the conversion of a coal-fired clay brick factory to natural gas. The company is the largest supplier of bricks in South Africa, producing 73 million bricks annually.