AirCarbon Exchange Partners With C-Quest Capital on First-Ever Auction of LED Carbon Credits

October 12th 2022, Australia, Singapore, London–

AirCarbon Exchange (ACX), the world’s first carbon negative exchange, has partnered with C-Quest Capital LLC (CQC), the world-leading carbon project developer, for the first-ever auction of carbon credits generated from LED light bulb projects.

The auction will take place on November 1 and 2, 2022, and will see 300,000 carbon credits available for purchase. With ACX recently being named as Environmental Finance’s Best Carbon Exchange for 2022 and with CQC winning Best Project Developer for Energy Efficiency, the partnership marks a significant step forward in the role of auctions in the voluntary carbon market.

The credits will be generated from CQC’s Efficient Lighting projects in India, which has seen 14.5 million inefficient incandescent bulbs switched for efficient and long-life LEDs in nearly 3 million households. The project targets some of the most rural and poorest parts of India, benefiting the local people not only through cheaper lighting but with higher quality, energy efficient, cooler lighting that makes working and studying at home far easier. The credits will be issued under Verra’s methodology AMS-II.C. (Efficient Lighting Technologies) and qualifies for seven of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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CQC conducts robust audits and spot checks to ensure best practice and quality. Each household is issued a unique ID to prevent double counting with cloud data management to track utilization. CQC also provides a three-year warranty compared to the standard one-year offered by retail markets.

The benefits of this project are two-fold - Indians living in rural areas benefit from meaningful savings from reduced electricity bills and access to quality lighting, which reduces strain on their eyes. The nation as a whole benefits from the significant drop in energy consumption driven by this mass switchover. The transition to energy-efficient lighting will reduce the energy load on a grid system still heavily reliant on coal, significantly reducing carbon emissions and helping India reduce its reliance on coal in the interim period while it continues to invest in cleaner energy sources.

The upcoming auction represents the latest step in ACX’s strategy to broaden awareness of different carbon projects in the market. This latest auction follows on from ACX’s successful hosting of the first ever auction of micro-mobility credits, generated from Rio de Janeiro’s bike sharing scheme, in partnership with Brazilian companies, including Tembici.

To find out more information about the work C-Quest Capital is doing, go to https://www.cquestcapital.com/. To register to take part in the upcoming auction, email the ACX team on auctions@aircarbon.co.

About AirCarbon Exchange

AirCarbon Exchange ("ACX") is a global exchange revolutionizing the voluntary carbon market. The Exchange’s client base comprises corporate entities, financial traders, carbon project developers and other industry stakeholders. ACX provides its participants with an efficient and transparent trading platform which is easy to use, frictionless and with the lowest transaction fees available on the market. Its underlying distributed ledger technology will allow the carbon market to scale efficiently to meet global ambitions of Net Zero.

 

ACX was recognized as the Best Carbon Exchange globally in Environmental Finance's prestigious Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings, the largest and most closely watched survey of the world's Voluntary Carbon Market, for two consecutive years (2021, 2022). ACX was also named as the ‘Best Solution in Energy Trading’ by Wired UK and Publicis Sapient at their Global EnergyTech Awards, which spotlighted the companies that are ‘Winning the Race to Reinvent Energy’.

 

For more information or to trade carbon, please reach out to info@AirCarbon.co or visit www.aircarbon.co  

About C-Quest Capital

C-Quest Capital (CQC) is a world-leading carbon project developer whose purpose is to transform the lives of low-income rural families whose health, well-being, and economic welfare are most at risk from climate change. CQC does this by providing access to clean energy technologies and sustainable land-use solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combat global climate change, and improve the health of those in need.

 

CQC was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington D.C., USA, with subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia and on-ground teams in Malawi and Zambia. CQC has carbon project operations in over 17 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and South and Southeast Asia. CQC’s Transformation Carbon projects have already reduced CO2e emissions by 14.2 million tonnes and improved the lives of over 20 million people.

 

C-Quest Capital was recently awarded ‘Best Project Developer: Energy Efficiency’ and runner-up for ‘Best Project Developer: Public health’ in Environmental Finance’s Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) Rankings 2022. 

 

For more information, go to: https://www.cquestcapital.com/

Contact

For media inquiries please contact:

Sun Jie Ling

AirCarbon Exchange

jieling@aircarbon.co

 

James Gillespie

C-Quest Capital

marketing@cquestcapital.com