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Republic of Congo: Total undertakes forestry initiative on Batéké Plateau

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This article is part of the dossier: Africa’s natural gas loophole

By Christophe Le Bec
Posted on Thursday, 27 May 2021 09:35

Planting of acacia mangium and auriculiformis on the Batéké Plateau, Congo. © FNC

In a continental first for the Patrick Pouyanné-led energy group, Total is planting a 40,000-hectare forest 200km north of Brazzaville.

This is part 4 of a 4-part series

On top of natural gas and renewable energy, oil majors have a third lever they can harness to see the energy transition through, with carbon-negative solutions (carbon sinks) providing a way to offset emissions from their operations.

In Africa, their efforts are focused on forestry projects, notably as part of the UN REDD+ programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. The initiative draws on a strict methodology and independent certification agencies like US-based Verra, which manages the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program.

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