The Projects You Support By Carbon Offsetting with Shop 2 Save the Planet

April 12th, 2017

Carbon offset schemes allow individuals and companies to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints. The projects are usually based in developing countries and most commonly are designed to reduce future emissions. This might involve rolling out clean energy technologies investing in carbon offsets from an emissions trading scheme.  Below are some of the projects we invest in each time you use www.shop2savetheplanet.co.uk. By supporting us you offset your carbon emissions.

 

Sena Hydro Power Plant 

SENA HEPP is expected to generate approximately 68 GWh per year of renewable energy, utilising the signifcant hydropower potential in eastern Turkey. The electricity generated is delivered to the national electricity grid, thereby avoiding electricity generation from fossil fuel sources, such as coal. The annual emission reductions to be realised by the SENA HEPP have been estimated at 38,000 tonnes of CO2 (tCO2). The project is located in a very poor region of Turkey and provides fnancial and other support to local communities.

Education – Scholarships have been awarded to 14 local students.

Drinking Water supply – A water supply system has been built delivering drinking water to households in Yukarıkaragüney and Donandı.

Job Creation – The workforce for the construction of SENA HEPP and the operation of the plant has been sourced locally, such as plant operators, service and maintenance staff, and security personnel.

Improved Soil For Agricultural Production – Degraded soil on nearby farmland (Yukarıkaragüney and Donandı) has been enriched with new soil and an irrigation system has been developed, leading to increased agricultural production.

Sustainable Energy – The project generates clean energy with real, measurable and long-term GHG emission reductions.

Nature – The project does not harm the biodiversity and does not result in the degradation of natural resources and health standards. Furthermore, the project is not in the vicinity of any national park, cultural site or wildlife protection area.

Brazil Nut Rainforest Project

A carbon project supporting forest communities to conserve 300,000 hectares of the Peruvian Amazon. Located in the rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon, the project comprises approximately 300,000 hectares of forest, working with almost 400 families of local concession holders.

The project is working with these communities to:

• coordinate a transparently governed federation to help manage production and sales, represent the communities and distribute benefi ts equitably

• establish market links to access international export markets to increase the value of the forest products for communities; • provide participating landholders with access to microcredit

• establish market links to access international export markets to increase the value of the forest products for communities; • provide participating landholders with access to microcredit

• provide participating landholders with access to microcredit financing to ensure sufficient working capital for each harvesting season. Making transport equipment available ensures all of the harvest can be freshly processed in season

• support concession holders in obtaining secure and well-defined land titles

• establish surveillance and monitoring systems to pre-empt forest destruction. This includes continuous patrols, checkpoints, and communication equipment provided to community rangers.

Improved Cooking Stoves Programme in Ghana

The Gold Standard Programme of Activities aims at significantly reducing wood fuel consumption of low-income Ganesh households by providing them with affordable improved cook-stoves produced in the Republic of Ghana in replacement of their low-efficiency three-stone fires and traditional stoves.

Working with our partners Man & Man, a production facility has been established that will produce 120,000 stoves a year which will be made available to households via our distribution process at a very affordable price.

The benefits of this will be:
Increased time for women to engage in other activities
Increased safety for children in the house
Better health outcomes for all inhabitants
GHG abatement of 50,000 tonnes per year

Periodic household surveys will ensure that cost savings are being made and that other benefits are coming through.

Wind power project at Jaibhim by SIIL, India (VCS)

The main purpose of the project activity is to generate electrical energy through sustainable means using wind power resources, to utilize the generated output for captive use and to contribute to climate change mitigation efforts. The proposed project activity will have 15 WTGs of total installed capacity of 31.5 MW (15 nos of Suzlon make S88 WTG each having generating capacity of 2.1 MW). The WTGs will be located in Dhule district of the state of Maharashtra. The project will be utilizing wind energy for generating electricity which otherwise would have been generated through alternate fuels (most likely – fossil fuel) based power plants, contributing to reduction in specific emissions (emissions of pollutant/unit of energy generated) including GHG emissions. Being a renewable resource, using wind energy to generate electricity contributes to resource conservation. The project proponent has developed this project keeping in consideration of the funding available under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is because the project activity qualifies as a CDM project as it would reduce the power consumption from the electricity grid thereby helping in significant reduction of GHG emissions. The project activity is also responsible for sustainable economic growth and conservation of environment through use of wind as a renewable source.