Verra has registered the first project with its Sustainable Development Impact Standard (SD VISta) Program, the world’s most advanced program for assessing the impacts of activities to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Human Forest Mobility Project in London, United Kingdom (project ID 2488), enables users to hire free electric bikes for short journeys, thereby reducing carbon-intensive car travel. It contributes to six Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being. The project will improve the health and wellbeing by increasing users’ exercise levels.
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. The project will contribute at least 4,735 kWh of renewable energy by procuring 100% renewable energy to power its e-bikes, batteries, fleet, and operations.
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. The project will hire more women into their workforce.
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. The project supports the development of quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure in the city of London and offers affordable and equitable access to these e-bikes.
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. By displacing fossil fuels transport with clean transport options, the project will contribute to improved local air quality.
- SDG 13: Climate Action. The project will prevent carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere.
Verra established SD VISta in 2019. To date, its primary use has been to label carbon credits as originating from projects that help support the SDGs. The Human Forest Mobility Project is the first standalone project registered in SD VISta and indicates a growing appetite for quantifying the non-carbon benefits of environmental projects.
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