RADIAN ENERGY is proud to announce that we have purchased a series of verified carbon credits so that we can offset the electricity supplied to our customers.
Radian has achieved this by supporting the RIMBA RAYA REDD + BIODIVERSITY RESERVE in Indonesia.
RIMBA RAYA, at nearly the size of Singapore, protects one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world. The project has successfully defended 64,500 hectares of carbon and biodiversity-rich lowland peat forest from conversion to oil palm plantations, which surround the project area and adjacent Tanjung Putting National Park. In terms of avoided emissions, this project has resulted in more than 130 million tonnes of avoided carbon emissions.
InfiniteEARTH initiated this critical biodiversity project that protects an area rich with flora and fauna; protecting over 120 threatened and endangered species. This includes the Bornean Orangutan. It is the largest privately-funded orangutan sanctuary worldwide.
The RIMBA RAYA Biodiversity Reserve is an amazing program that delivers ‘premium carbon credits and then some. Premium, as the word suggests, means that the project and its initiatives go above and beyond the single project creating the carbon credits to support ongoing schemes that strengthen the wider community. Working alongside over 10,000 community members living in and around the boundaries of the project. It proudly adheres to all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through education, employment, and thus, a more positive future outlook.
In RIMBA RAYA there are 17 initiatives delivering impact across these UN goals. They range from building floating medical clinics to creating funding to empower women entrepreneurs. These additional benefits are important, as they ensure systemic and sustainable change is created across the RIMBA RAYA region.
The projects run on a platform of SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT across a three fold mission: climate, community and biodiversity.
CLIMATE: Ensuring the integrity of our climate through conservation and avoided deforestation.
COMMUNITY: Developing & enhancing our local community through education, health & capacity building.
BIODIVERSITY: Protecting our biodiversity through the preservation of endangered species.
Here we look at just 3 of the projects but there is a link to all 17 programs at the end of this post.
THE RIMBA RAYA SOLAR POWER INITIATIVE
This initiative aims to provide a clean, renewable source of energy to 100% of the households within the Rimba Raya Reserve. Before this initiative, family members often spent hours foraging for wood to generate light and for use as cooking fuel.
The installed equipment includes solar lanterns and solar generator systems. The solar lanterns are also distributed to homes in the village community.
CLEAN WATER. Water purifying system program
The basic widespread distribution of colloidal silver enhanced ceramic filters. These filters are coated with colloidal silver, which kills 99.98% of pathogens from unsanitary water and protects the children of Rimba Raya from lethal, waterborne diseases.
The rollout of 3 water purifying systems in Baung Seberang, Muara Dua, and Jahitan village. Each system can provide 2,000 litres of clean water in 4-5 hours. It is worth noting at this point that any successful rollout of such a project acts as a catalyst for another and another. Across the world, the death rate of waterborne diseases from poor sanitation claims the lives of over 1.5 million people a year. Over 2.5 billion people live without basic sanitation and nearly half of them are children.
Since its inception, Rimba Raya has focused on identifying the indigenous plants and animals which call Rimba Raya “home”. “We endeavour to understand and maintain the delicate balance shared by all living things inside the Reserve and to promote awareness of their struggle (often against species extinction) when the economic and social expectations of humans are pitted against indigenous wildlife unable to communicate their rights and plights.”
An independent survey recorded more than 300 species of birds, 122 species of mammals, 180 species of trees and plants and 400 species of reptiles and amphibians (incomplete survey)
The Bornean Orangutan, the Proboscis Monkey, the Bornean Agile Gibbon, the Asian Sun Bear, the Sunda Pangolin, and the Clouded Leopard are but a few of the flagship species from the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature) that are found in Rimba Raya.
DR. BIRUTE MARY GALDIKAS, President and Co-Founder OFI (Orangutan Foundation International) discusses the importance of RIMBA RAYA.“Tanjun Putin National Park contains the largest wild orangutan population in existence...without the sale of those carbon credits that forest would literally not exist today, and that forest is the most magnificent habitat... “
For some additional information on RIMBA RAYA:
An Overview of the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve - https://rimba-raya.com/
The initiatives that make up this vast program - https://rimba-raya.com/our-initiatives/
How Rimba Raya meets all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. - https://rimba-raya.com/assets/uploads/Rimba-Raya-How-We-Meet-All-17-UN-SDGs-2020.pdf