Here’s the backstory of Total oil’s announcement of its plans to plant a “40,000 hectare forest” in the Republic of Congo to offset and greenwash its emissions.
By Chris Lang Thomson Reuters Foundation recently reported that, “Norway is doubling the price it guarantees developing nations to keep their tropical forests standing, in a step to slow catastrophic losses and encourage big companies to invest far more in nature to combat climate change.”
By Chris Lang In September 2019, the President of the Republic of Congo, Dénis Sassou Nguesso, flew to Paris to meet Emmanuel Macron, France’s President. Macron signed a letter of intent committing US$65 million to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) to protect the Republic of Congo’s forests.
By Chris Lang Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that by 2030 it would remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits. The company aims to do so by using negative emission technologies, including tree planting, soil carbon sequestration, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCs), and direct air capture.
By Chris Lang The Katingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation Project covers an area of about 150,000 hectares in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The project was created in 2007 by an Indonesian company called PT Rimba Makmur Utama. The director of the company is Dharsono Hartono.