Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
An initial version of Carbon Keeper is currently running in Tanzania. It supports data collection and reporting for a country-wide household cookstove carbon finance project run by E+Co. As of this writing the software has been used by 16 cookstove sellers to register 6,712 uniquely serialized household stoves. The stoves are benefiting approximately 35,000 people in Tanzania, and each stove will offset up to two tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually during its 3 year lifetime.
Carbon Keeper is inherently quantitative and measurement oriented. At a glance, a dashboard shows how many businesses, sellers, and end users are being served, and project staff can view sales records aggregated by region or individually at the household level. In future versions sellers will be able to take pictures, GPS coordinates, and interviews with customers, and attach this rich information to records in the sales database, linked by a unique product serial number.
As projects served by Carbon Keeper mature, the software will also allow detailed reporting on the value of carbon financing returned to entrepreneurs, as well as on gender, health, and environmental indicators tracked through household surveys. Potential applications of Carbon Keeper to health research were recently highlighted on the World Health Care Congress Innovations blog.
The software has been well received by household energy project developers. There are currently three active projects committed to implementing Carbon Keeper in Summer and Fall 2011, and discussions are under way with several more.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
The core software platform is currently under development, and the next 6 months will be focused on building the platform, hiring one new team member, and gaining experience with field-based implementation in East Africa. It will be critically important to work with projects representing a range of sizes, business models, and products so that the software is developed in an appropriately generic way. Practitioners in carbon finance, medicine, and development will be consulted in the process.
In 2012 Carbon Keeper will be actively marketed in new sectors and geographic regions, especially Asia and Latin America. In parallel we will explore partnerships with national and international household energy programs, including through the UN Foundation and World Bank.