Climate change mitigation

As part of Summa's efforts to contribute to climate change mitigation, we have engaged in a habitat restoration project in Maasai Mara, Kenya. The project promotes the reduction of GHG emissions by increasing tree-cover and improving grassland management. The activities also contribute to the protection of biodiversity through the restoration of degraded land.

Climate change mitigation

As part of Summa's efforts to contribute to climate change mitigation, we have engaged in a habitat restoration project in Maasai Mara, Kenya. The project promotes the reduction of GHG emissions by increasing tree-cover and improving grassland management. The activities also contribute to the protection of biodiversity through the restoration of degraded land.

Ahueni: Removing carbon by protecting biodiversity

For several years, Summa has been a supporter of various community development projects such as wildlife conservation, local tree-planting and plastic recycling in Maasai Mara, Kenya. More recently, we have committed to the carbon credit development program Ahueni in the Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem.

Tourism has been the main driver of the local economy in the Mara ecosystem, but relying on this alone leaves the economy vulnerable, as experienced during the latest Covid-19 pandemic.

Carbon credits represent an opportunity for the region to develop another source of income to ease the dependence on tourism alone as well as an opportunity to fund the restoration of degraded land. The program will take great care to uphold best practices in terms of ecology and preservation of biodiversity.

Summa has joined a group of four other international companies to form Ahueni, a Swiss/Kenyan not-for-profit company to develop the carbon credit program together with local land-owner associations.

We have chosen this path to take a proactive role in fighting biodiversity loss and climate change, not simply reacting to external demands, but taking initiatives to accelerate progress. By active participation, Summa can contribute and ensure that the carbon credit program is of the highest quality. The Ahueni project targets restoration of a minimum of 60 000 hectares of land over the next 25 - 30 years.

Carbon credits are created through activities that either protect against future emissions or actively re-capture CO2 from the atmosphere to deposit carbon in its solid form. This is commonly done through various land-use activities such as increasing tree-covers improving grassland management, or developing new technologies.

One carbon credit is defined as re-capture or emission avoidance of 1 metric ton of CO2 (tC02e).

Removing carbon by protecting biodiversity