C-Quest Capital LLC
Founded in 2008, C-Quest Capital (CQC) is a carbon finance and private equity business that works to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint, while helping poor people secure their livelihoods and improve their lives. CQC provides a platform for social impact investing in many of the Least Developed Countries and in some of the poorest communities in other parts of the developing world. Through its signature Transformation Carbon Project, CQC gives investors the opportunity to buy carbon credits from socially beneficial projects.
Carbon Finance, Climate/Environment, Finance / Investment, Marketing, Technology and Fuel R&D
Other Organizational Expertise
In 2012, CQC floated the concept of a tradable commodity based on the health benefits of distributing clean cookstoves in developing countries. The proposed salable product is ADALYs, averted disability adjusted life years, or the addition of a year of healthy living, a metric established by the World Health Organization. At the invitation of the World Bank, CQC is now designing a demonstration project to test the viability of this health product in the Lao PDR. CQC will adapt the existing, well tested process of third-party verification used for improved cookstoves under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). CQC will use this process for verifying the extent to which a cookstove cuts down on household air pollution and on disease, as measured by DALYS.
Technologies & Fuels
Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.)
Other Technologies Fuels
We emphasize the use of sustainably harvested stickwood for climate-friendly cooking. Sources are concessions in government plantations, agro-forestry, and small-holder farmers.
Clean Cooking Activities
In addition to partnering with local businesses and NGOs to distribute improved cookstoves, described on our website , C-Quest has joined forces with Malawi-based Total LandCare to launch TLC Green to meet the need of urban and peri-urban consumers at the “bottom of the pyramid” for affordable cooking fuel as the basis for business growth and social impact. TLCG pays for professional masons to build TLC rocket stoves for poor households (at a cost of $3-4/stove). The vision of the TLC Green founders is to develop a market-based model for replacing charcoal, which is harvested and produced illegally and unsustainably, with sustainable firewood.
CQC looks forward to participating in GACC conferences. As a recipient of a 2013 Pilot Innovation Fund Grant, C-Quest will share the results of the experiments it is conducting in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Regions Operating In
Latin America and Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
1015 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Ms. Isabel Alegre
Title: Managing Director
Phone: 1 202 416 2400
Secondary Point of Contact
Name: Mr. Ken Newcombe
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