community air quality offsets



Nova has over the years developed the skills and systems to be the best one-stop-service-centre in South Africa for the monitoring and managing of larger scale community offset programmes.  Nova has been working in low-income communities in South Africa for more than 20 years.  More than 10 years ago, Nova became the first organisation in South Africa to register a Gold Standard methodology in the voluntary carbon market.  Since then, we have implemented in more than 80 000 households and have been issued with more than 200 000 carbon credits. The income raised through the selling of carbon credits is used to further pursue the Nova vision and mission to improve quality of life in low-income communities.


Nova has in recent years been contracted by two significant large industries in South Africa to assist with the development of their community air quality offset programmes.  Nova has since been pivotal in the designing, testing and piloting phases of several community air quality offset projects.


Offset programmes can be complex to execute, since it requires a broad skill-set and things can go wrong if it is not done properly and in consultation with participating households and communities.

Nova has expertise in the following areas typically important for offset programme design, management, monitoring and implementation:


Activity                                                                                    Nova in-house expertise                            Nova network expertise

Offset programme design and strategic support

Offset programme management

New project development

Offset methodology development

Offset database management

Offset impact measurement

PDD development

Scoping, pre-feasibility, feasibility and pilot studies

Community stakeholder consultation

Ethical clearance

Rapid assessments / area intelligence gathering

General household surveys

Detailed energy surveys

Census surveys

Community source surveys

Quality of life impact assessment

I-button temperature measurement

Integration and report writing

Ambient air quality monitoring

Indoor air quality monitoring

Dispersion modelling


Nova offers a range of services to corporate entities, governmental organisations and NGOs including Community Surveys, Consultancy and Corporate Social Responsibility Project Research and Development.




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