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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 for 7 days*

✪   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.

* The average carbon footprint estimation for a Burner is based on a greenhouse gas emissions inventory conducted by Coolingman organization in preparation for the Burning Man 2007. The inventory included the travel of Burning Man participants to/from the event and on-Playa emissions for 7 days. Learn more about the Coolingman greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
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. About 90% of that is from transportation to and from the event.

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. Learn more about the project below.

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 are from Transformation Carbon™.

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 to them and they 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.

Our investment to make this project a reality requires recruiting and training a local NGO stove team, tooling for stove parts and manufacture and their shipment to Zambia, training of local farmers and in turn women users in villages receiving the stove to use them, registration of the stoves using software designed by us to capture data on the stove (location, user name, photos etc) design and operation of an on-line data management system to which the data are uploaded and cleaned, monitoring and verification in the field by an independent third party carbon auditor, and issuance of credits into a retirement account of a globally recognized carbon standard.

We can provide these carbon offsets to Burning Man participants because we have invested alongside others in now a total of 70,000 stoves across the Luangwa Valley in Eastern Zambia, and have the infrastructure in place to go through the entire cycle of construction through to carbon issuance. This gives Burning Man participants access to high social impact carbon credits from a unique stove and kitchen product.

As Burning Man participants buy carbon offsets, we monitor the purchases and have the equivalent number of cookstoves built in selected villages that will have the unique double pot stove and ventilated kitchen space constructed. Each household receiving a stove transfers the rights to emissions reductions that the stove generates over to us in exchange for supply of the stove parts and training. The villages that the stoves are constructed in are supplied with sets of posters for construction, good use and maintenance, and are supplied with brick molds to build replacement bricks for repair or to build a new stove if they move location.  

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.


Project Implementation Update
November 30, 2017

Burning Man participants purchased a total of 1,228,600 Ibs of carbon dioxide emission reductions to offset their carbon footprint from participating in Burning Man 2017. This volume is equal to 557 metric tonnes, equivalent to emission reductions generated from the installation of 55 of our improved cookstoves in rural Zambia under a new Climate Action Reserve (CAR) protocol that is being piloted by C-Quest Capital.

In early October 2017, C-Quest Capital’s on-the-ground partner Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO), installed 100 improved double-pot cookstoves in Manchinchi village, Kalindawalo chiefdom, in the Luangwa Valley, Eastern Zambia to more than cover the carbon offset orders from Burning Man participants. The GPS coordinates of each stove installation are recorded and represented in the map to the right. 

C-Quest Capital’s CEO, Ken Newcombe, visited the village on November 13, 2017 to see firsthand how the villagers were liking their new stoves.

He observed that double-pot stoves completely eliminated the use of a back-up three-stone fire, a style of open-fire cooking similar to how cooking was done in pre-historic times. This is a big breakthrough for the project as households typically when receiving one of our single-pot improved cookstoves will still cook on their very smoky and inefficient three-stone fire for a small fraction of their cooking.  Almost all households Ken visited had two pots cooking, a good sign that the three-stone fire is a thing of the past for these households.

Ken also observed that the cooks were well trained by COMACO and CQC and had switched to small twigs and crop residues that they collect around their houses from the large logs that are the fuel best suited for use in the three-stone fire, which they collected from forest lands, often kilometers away.

To properly dry wood prior to using it for cooking, they place the wood above or behind the stove following the instructional guidance provided by COMACO.

It was a happy village, full of energy and the women danced for an hour during Ken’s visit in appreciation of the stoves.

An independent verification by a third-party auditor will be conducted towards the end of December 2017. The independent auditor will visit the village and verify stove installations and usage, and then issue a report that verifies the amount of carbon offset credits that will be issued by CAR

Project Location: Manchinchi village, Kalindawalo Chiefdom, in the Luangwa Valley, Eastern Zambia


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