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All Burners create a carbon footprint associated with the energy used in going to Burning Man. Purchasing carbon offsets helps compensate for the negative effects caused to the environment by the carbon footprint created.
Carbon Footprint of Burning Man Participants

✪   1,400 lbs of carbon for 1 Burner at the event

✪   91 million lbs of carbon for all Burners at the event

✪   2.86 billion lbs of carbon for all Burners for the entire year. This is equal to operating 432,425 improved cookstoves for one year or removing 274,028 cars from the road for one year.
Carbon Footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, or activity.

The average carbon footprint of a Burner is 1,400 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) equal to 71.5 gallons of gasoline consumed. 80% of that is from transportation to and from the event, so the only way to address that and leave no trace is through carbon offsets.

A Carbon Offset is a way to compensate for your greenhouse gas emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide savings elsewhere. It both helps to combat global climate change as well as to care for local communities around the world.

Whatever your carbon footprint is, you can offset it by supporting projects anywhere in the world that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Based on the total amount of carbon offsets purchased by Burning Man participants, we (C-Quest Capital) and our local partner will install new clean and efficient cookstoves in rural Zambian households that will generate an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions reductions.

These CO2 emissions reductions will be third-party verified, issued and retired under a globally recognized carbon standard.

Our carbon offset projects not only achieve carbon reductions but have the additional benefit of improving the livelihoods of the world's poorest people - providing a diverse range of social, environmental and health benefits. These unique projects, such as the carbon offsets we are developing in rural Zambia for Burning Man Participants bear the Transformation Carbon brand.

In appreciation of your participation towards combating global climate change and caring for local communities around the world, we will email you a customized Transformation Carbon Offset Certificate as a testimony of your good will.
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Rural Zambia Cleaner Cookstoves and Ventilated Kitchens Project

We have been installing clean and efficient cookstoves in Zambia and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for several years. In Zambia, we work with our on-the-ground partner Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) to help install the stoves and half-wall kitchens and for project monitoring. Together we continue to expand our operations and our impact solely from the purchase of carbon offsets by institutions and people like you.

The households that receive the clean and efficient cookstoves and half-wall ventilated kitchens live in rural villages and are at the very bottom of the pyramid. For the most part, they live outside the cash economy. 

We provide the durable metal parts to the households at no cost and the households contribute their labor to make the bricks and mortar from scratch and assemble the stoves. The households also produce the bricks for the half-wall ventilated kitchens. They do all of this according to our designs and the technical backstopping from COMACO.

Not only does a clean and efficient stove reduce 6,600 Ibs of carbon dioxide emissions per year, it produces a number of co-benefits for the users such as reduced time and drudgery collecting firewood, and reduced exposure to harmful cooking smoke. Please flip through the slideshow to learn more about rural Zambian cooking context and how our project and YOU are stepping up to address these challenges.


Photo used in "Purchase Carbon Offsets" banner: By Christopher Michel [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo used in "Offsets for Burners" product: By Beth Scupham from Atlanta, USA (exodus from burning man) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons