A core principle of carbon reduction projects is that they contribute towards international sustainable development in their locality, such as the objectives enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Central to this is the requirement that they all provide social, economic and environmental benefits to the local communities such as:
- Outreach programs improving healthcare, education and infrastructural facilities in the community;
- Generation of employment opportunities, investment into local supply chain, and safeguarding energy supply to area
- Reduction of GHG emissions, air pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants and recovery of degraded areas.