Sustainability Economics working with ACI to phase out coal

April 19, 2024 | 14:42
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Sustainability Economics, a global provider of net-zero solutions, announced on April 17 that it has chosen the Asia Carbon Institute's (ACI) standard for evaluating a 'transition-credits' methodology that aims to expedite the phase-out of coal-fired power plants (CFPPs) in the region.
Sustainability Economics working with ACI to phase out coal

ACI is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to establishing voluntary carbon credit standards. It is committed to accelerating the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by producing credible, transparent, and high-quality carbon credits. ACI is also a member of the TRACTION group led by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, which is focused on developing transition credits as a complementary financial instrument for the early retirement of Asia’s coal plants.

Sustainability Economics provides end-to-end net-zero solutions across multiple sectors. The company's expertise is a blend of extensive domain knowledge with state-of-the-art digital platforms and advanced technologies, while prioritising lifecycle management and automation to deliver comprehensive net-zero transition solutions for high-emission sectors.

Kasu Venkata Reddy, co-founder and CEO of Sustainability Economics, said, "We are thrilled to partner with Asia Carbon Institute in our shared mission to accelerate the transition towards clean energy sources in Asia. This collaboration underscores our commitment to driving sustainable solutions and combating climate change."

John Lo, founder of Asia Carbon Institute, said, "We are pleased that Sustainability Economics has chosen ACI as the standard of choice for evaluating their transition credit methodology. This marks a significant milestone in our efforts to establish transparent standards for carbon credits and accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy."

Coal-fired power generation remains a significant contributor to global carbon emissions, particularly in Asia where a concentration of young CFPPs exists, averaging less than 15 years old. To address this pressing issue, Sustainability Economics will work with ACI and submit the methodology that facilitates the transition of CFPPs to clean energy sources. This methodology aims to create high-integrity transition credits, a financial instrument designed to accelerate the early retirement of CFPPs in Asia.

Transition credits are generated through replacing CFPPs with clean energy sources, provide a market-driven solution to enhance the economic viability and scalability of early retirement transactions. These credits adhere to the 'Core Carbon Principles' established by the International Carbon Value Chain Management, ensuring credibility and alignment with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability Economics' methodology is rooted in practicality and crafted with input from CFPP owners and renewable energy developers throughout Asia. It emphasises a data-driven approach and the use of digital platforms that utilise state-of-the-art technologies to automate the process of producing Transition Credits from initiation to completion.

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