The Climate-Neutral Village(CNV) is a structured process that uses a community’s carbon footprint to raise financial resources for climate-vulnerable communities.

• CNV uses CSR (corporate social responsibility) funds to help a community neutralise its carbon footprint,
• become Carbon-Negative, and to then
• cope with, and adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Climate-Neutral Village is sited at the intersection of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation. And it harnesses these two disparate components to form a composite: the CgCU – community-guaranteed climate unit.

The CgCU (Community-guaranteed Climate Unit) is a currency, a unit of accountability that can be bartered or sold fairly: Rs ‘x’ in CSR funds in return for ‘y’ CgCUs of accountable development. The CgCU is made up of the following two units:

− CgMUs – community-guaranteed mitigation units. Each CgMU = 1 t/CO2e (ton/CO2 equivalence). A rural community calculates its carbon footprint simply: by multiplying its population by 0.9 t/CO2e. The rural per capita carbon footprint has been derived at 50% of the national per capita footprint of 1.8 t/Co2e. The rural per capita carbon footprint may be lower or higher. More accurate and village-specific carbon footprints can be derived if funds are available to support the additional costs for this. [To Complete]