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VENTURES: Do You Need Carbon Credits?


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SOME of the biggest environmental problems South Africa has to face are lack of fertile land, soil degradation, and pollution of its rivers and groundwater. One of the main factors causing these problems is the excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pest and disease control agents.

Situated in the heart of the Cape Boland region, Reliance produces world class certified organic compost. Approximately 30 000 cubic metres of chipped green garden refuse is collected monthly on 10 conveniently placed drop-off facilities and landfills around the City of Cape Town.

The main input material for producing Reliance’s compost is municipal green waste, as well as alien vegetation that presents an environmental threat in the Western Cape. By removing this alien vegetation from the water, Reliance helps fight river pollution while producing high quality compost that is designed to replace chemical fertilizers.

The application of high quality compost leads to fertile soil, good yields and a stable income for farmers. This is an important first step to job security and helps to prevent mass migration from rural areas to cities.

Reliance has kept over three million cubic metres of green waste out of already overcrowded landfills since being awarded a three year contract by the City of Cape Town in July 2009. This resulted in reducing in excess of 300 000 tons of carbon dioxide gas escaping into the atmosphere, thus mitigating the impacts caused by climate change.

The composting technology was approved by TUV-Nord (Germany) as a greenhouse gas emission reduction method according to the guidelines of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Reliance reduces 100 000 tons of CO2 emissions annually which are available to selected clients.

All Reliance products are delivered with a zero carbon footprint. To offset carbons, Reliance can supply a company with credits.

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