Reducing CO2 emissions in the shea supply chain

Our partnership with FairClimateFund

After carrying out a cradle-to-gate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on our shea supply chain to measure environmental impact, we have partnered with FairClimateFund to scale a high-quality cookstove project in Burkina Faso, one of our shea supply regions. The project reduces CO2 emissions by training women shea collectors to build and use safer, more energy-efficient cookstoves – using the same methodology we use in Kolo Nafaso. FairClimateFund uses the emissions savings to issue Fairtrade and Gold Standard carbon credits, with the premium going directly to the women's cooperatives in Burkina Faso for climate adaptation measures.

AAK buys the carbon credits issued to offset the emissions calculated at a product level. In this way, we can offer LIPEX® SheaSoft TR™, LIPEX® SheaLiquid TR™, LIPEX® SheaLuxe TR™, and LIPEX® Shea as climate-compensated products to our customers. If you would like further details, please get in touch directly.


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About FairClimateFund

FairClimateFund is an ethical carbon project developer and uses the Voluntary Carbon Market to finance projects and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impacts, supporting individual households, farmers and communities to adapt to climate change. The projects improve the livelihoods and resilience of communities impacted most from climate change caused by the industrialized world.

All FairClimateFund projects are certified according to the Fairtrade Climate Standard and cover bottom-up development, fair pricing, and benefit sharing. And all their corporate partners must commit to a rigorous and transparent internal CO2 reduction program, separate from offsetting. AAK, for example, has invested in generating renewable energy from shea meal, a side stream from shea butter production, at our main processing plant in Aarhus, Denmark, which will save up to 90% of CO2 emissions at the processing stage compared to buying electricity from the national grid.

How carbon credits work

Carbon credits are generated through energy-efficient cookstoves that reduce CO2 emissions, improve health and safety, and save precious firewood, which minimizes the impact on the landscape in the project areas. The Fairtrade premium from the carbon credit scheme enables communities to invest in climate adaptation measures to protect the landscape around them.


By rooting our carbon credits in simple and cost-effective interventions that make a real and relevant difference, we can connect some of the practical needs of the communities at the supply chain origin with the international intergovernmental commitment to mitigate global warming and reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Making better happen for all.


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