Carbon Reduction Efforts
The Clean Advantage program automatically offsets carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by investing in a wide range of reforestation, alternative energy, biomass, and other projects both locally and globally that are subject to change as usage, price, and other factors vary throughout the year. In addition to these projects, we work with The Arbor Day Foundation to plants trees and support their certified CO2 reduction projects. Together these investments and partners allow us to automatically provide a sustainable solution for your company, employees, and community.
Brno Kninicky Hydro Power Project – Brno, Czech Republic:
Kninicky Hydropower Plant under the Brno reservoir in Brno-Bystrc was designed as a peak source destined to overlay increased electrical energy consumption at morning and evening peaks. It is equipped with a vertical turbo-generating set with a Kaplan turbine. Although the turbine´s maximal usable flow is 22 m3/sec, it optimally operates at the maximum usable flow of 17-18 m3/sec. The installed capacity of the plant of 3,100 kW is reached at maximum head heights.
High Tatras Plant a Tree and Make a Home Project – High Tatras, Slovakia:
Since 2004, over three million trees over an area of 8737 hectares have been damaged by storms and the wood pestilent European spruce bark beetle in the High Tatras. In recent years this beetle has destroyed more than 2,254,000 trees in an area of nearly 7,300 hectares. To combat this ecological and environmental problem, the “Plant a Tree and Make a Home” project by ZASAĎ STROM has planted trees in the areas within the High Tatras that most need it. To maintain the trees, professional care is given that includes the entire growing process, management of adult trees, and the planting of them in protected areas that are not subject of felling. With the annual planting of new trees, the project renews the local environment and leaves a permanent heritage for the next generation. For more information, please visit the project partner www.zasadstrom.eu.
Žabčice Solar Project – Žabčice, Czech Republic:
Zabčice is situated between Židlochovice and Hrušovany near Brno – in the southernmost part of the Moravian region. It is a location with the best conditions for the production of electricity from solar radiation in the Czech Republic. The average annual total global radiation exceeds 4 thousand MJ/m2 it also has the highest number of days of sunlight. The power plant has an installed output of 5.6 MW.
Reduction of invasive and expansive plant species in the Krkonoše Mountains National Park – Czech Republic:
The Krkonoše Mountains National Park is the oldest national park in the Czech Republic (1963). Today, the national park’s focused on preserving their forest and species-rich meadows. Unfortunately, invasive species are threatening the health of the certain areas of the park (Rumex alpinus, Lupinus polyphyllus, Reynoutria – R. japonica, R. sachalinensis – and Impatiens glandulifera). In addition to the above mentioned imported invasive species, local species are also becoming anincreasingly difficult problem to deal with. Plants such as veratrum album subsp. lobellianum and Senecio ovatus can create monocultures spreading into protected communities of the national park. This project’s goal is to remove these invasive species to improve the health of the national park’s meadows, forests, and similar areas. The Administration of the Krkonoše Mountains National Park (KRNAP) organizes professional management interventions focused on all these invasive species. We aim to use twenty years of experience with eradication of invasive or expanding species to eliminate their impact on selected meadow sites. Preliminary selection of localities is possible to include the meadow enclaves Klínové Boudy, Zadní a Přední Rennerovky, Sklenářovice, Rýchorská Bouda, Studniční Boudy, Modrý Důl, etc. The final list of localities will be compiled at the beginning of the vegetation season after the current situation of the distribution of the target species.
Banisko Arboretum Planting and restoration – Brezno, Slovakia:
In the northwest periphery of the city of Brezno named Banisko lies an old and historical orchard open for the broad public. The organization in this project plans to preserve and improve the public orchard by revitalizing old fruit trees, planting new fruit trees, ensuring that regular maintance of the location occurs. To help accomplish these activities, volunteers – inhabitants of the city – will be involved under the guidance of an arborist. Volunteers will also learn how to take care of the orchard, project the new tree plantings, and preserve the area for generations of public visitors to come.
Várvölgy Route Planting Project – Pilisborosjenő, Hungary:
‘2097.hu’ Association, a new local group formed by active citizens in Pilisborosjenő, a village North-west to Budapest, in the mountains aims at protecting a popular area for trekking, running, dogwalking, etc. called “Várvölgy” (castle valley).This picturesque popular route goes among beautiful sights of mountains and lavender fields, except for an approximately 500 m long portion, which is barren and surrounded by agricultural plots. Funding from the program will support the planting of an alley of trees along this section as well as benches for resting and sightseeing. The activities are planned to take place in 2018 and involve local citizens. Families will have the opportunity to adopt the planted trees further solidifying their sustainable improvement to their community.
Afforestation Project – Podlaskie, Poland:
The Northern Poland Afforestation Offset Project is an ISO 14064-2 Validated Project to establish native mixed-species forests on disused agricultural lands in Northern Poland that have been free of forest cover for over 50 years. The project activity consists of planting 24.2 million trees on 3600 hectares. A crediting period of 40 years has been selected, and the land shall remain under continual forest cover for no less than 60 years. The afforestation is monitored to optimize growth and survival, mitigate potential carbon reversals, and ensure the successful establishment of “forests”. Co-benefits of the afforestation project include forest planting job creation, increased hydrological retention, enhanced biodiversity, and increased natural resiliency.
Tree Planting and Restoration of Greenery Project – Tvrdonice, Czech Republic:
As part of the Tree Planting and Restoration of Greenery Project, several locations in Tvrdonice will be reserved for greenery such as tree plantings and similar. Currently, a large portion of the local trees are cut off from nutrients or are being threatened by invasive species. As part of the project, trees will be planted (including longevous and fruit trees), and poplar apertures and bushes added around the parks and ponds. As part of the project’s goal of protecting native plant species, all tree plantings will be local tree species (oak, linden, mulberry, oskeruše). As the project grows and develops it will be opened up to the public for participation and additional improvement.
Thera II Wind Power Project – Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary:
The Project Activity consists of the operation of five wind turbines and feeds clean energy to the Hungarian Electricity Grid. As a result, Thera II contributes to greenhouse gas emission reduction by reducing an estimated 18,000 tonnes of carbon, reducing the emissions of pollutants associated with the operation of fossil fuel thermal power plants (including SO2, NOx and dust in the baseline/business-as-usual scenario), and thus improving the local environment as well as Hungary’s sustainable development.
Clear Plate Agricultural Project- Hungary:
The program is based on the change of soil cultivation methods from conventional tillage still in use to conservation tillage methods, which causes less soil disturbance and emissions than conventional forms of tillage. This includes forms of reduced impact tillage systems, where part of plant residues shall remain after harvest on the soil surface to protect soil and conserve moisture. The program also aims to reduce the use of N fertilizer and other chemicals substituting them partially by organic materials: bacterial and algal fertilizers. The used complex algal leaf fertilizer may replace 50 kg N active substance, which intervention significantly improves the stability of the ecosystems. The total number of stakeholders involved in the project is 369 of which 234 is smallholder. The area contracted: 79 249, 6 ha of which 38 225, 8 ha (48, 3 %) is cultivated by smallholders.
Leipzig Administrative District – Reforestation, Germany:
Formerly serving as a site for coal mining, Germany’s Leipzig Administrative District is entirely devoid of trees and its natural forest. The work done by the Arbor Day Foundation to replant this land will ultimately protect the entire area’s watershed.
Lohberg 1/2 Project – Coal Mine Methane Gas Capture, Germany:
This project actively drains CMM from the active well from abandoned parts of the Hugo coal mine. 6 co-generation units, with a total capacity of 8.148 MW, will be feed into the public grid. By utilizing this power generation tactic, fossil fuel emissions will be displaced. Furthermore, the heat that is produced shall be fed into the heating main of Niederrein Heat and Power Plant, whereby the heat conventionally produced using fuel oil and natural gas is displaced as well. To avoid double marketing, this heat displacement is not accounted for in the CO2e emissions reduction formula and is instead an additional benefit.
Ningxia Angli Lingwu Photovoltaic Grid Connected Power Project, China:
The project will generate electricity by using renewable solar photovoltaic (PV) power to the NWPG and replacing equivalent electricity generated by fossil fuel fired power plants connected to the NWPG. The installed capacity of the Project is 39 MWp (15,792 pieces of solar modules with 190W of unit capacity, 150,264 pieces of solar modules with 235W of unit capacity and 4,280 pieces of solar modules with 240W of unit capacity), and therefore reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions. The expected annual grid-in electricity is 54,000 MWh which contributes to the reduction of GHG emission by replacing parts of the electricity supply by NWPG, and the PLF of the Project is 15.67%. The Project will achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions by displacing equivalent electricity supplied by NWPG, which is predominated by fossil fuel-fired power plants. The estimated annual emission reductions are 48,402 tCO2e.
Ecomapua Amazon REDD Project – Ilha de Marajo, Brazil:
The Ecomapuá Amazon REDD Project is located on Marajó Island, Pará State, in Brazil’s Eastern Amazon region. The Marajó várzea is a critically valuable ecosystem, adding to the importance of the present project. The primary objective of the project is to avoid the unplanned deforestation (AUD) of an 86,269.84ha area within a private property owned by Ecomapuá Conservação Ltda. The present project will achieve predicted net reductions of 4,253.14ha of deforestation, and 1,432,278 tCO2e emissions over the 30 year project lifetime (01/01/2003 – 31/12/2032). Furthermore, a proportion of the carbon credits generated will be dedicated to improving social and environmental conditions for local communities. Marajó Island is classified as “extremely high” priority for preservation by the Brazilian Environment Ministry (“MMA”), consequently the Ecomapuá Amazon REDD Project contributes to National conservation goals and encourages further conservation efforts in and around this critical region.
Henan Xinxiang 24MW Biomass based Cogeneration Project, China:
The Henan Xinxiang 24MW Biomass based Cogeneration Project is located in Huixian County of Xinxiang City, Henan Province, China, and was implemented by Xinxiang Tianjie Bio-Power Generation Co., Ltd. The project consists of the installation of two 12MW cogeneration plants based on biomass residues; the generation of electricity with 126,709 MWh/yr supplied into Central China Power Grid; the generation of heat with 909,200GJ/yr; and the utilization of biomass residues for cogeneration of power and heat. The project does not claim the emission reductions due to displacement of heat, therefore, this project will achieve GHG emissions reduction by displacing the equivalent electricity generated by CCPG with biomass residues fired cogeneration plant which has lower CO2 emission. In addition, CH4 emissions will be reduced by avoiding dumping of biomass residues. As a result, the project is estimated to achieve 123,858 tCO2e emission reductions annually.
Bundled wind power project by KMSPL, Bangalore, India:
The project has been undertaken to harness the available wind power potential. The project has established 49 number of WTG aggregating to a total installed capacity of 38.275 MW. The project will generate approximately 89.92 million units of electricity per annum, which will be entirely sold to the State Electricity Boards or wheeled for captive consumption. The project will help in greenhouse gas emission reduction by using renewable energy resource for generating power which otherwise would have been generated using non- renewable, carbon intensive fuel common in the grid. The project is a green field project aimed at utilising wind energy to produce power. The implementation of project will achieve approximately 83,350 tCO2e emission reduction per annum by replacing grid based electricity which is predominantly generated by fossil fuel based thermal power plant in Southern Grid.
Bundled Wind Power Project by TASMA-V2, Tamilnadu, India:
The project activity is a grouped Wind power project which involves installation of 396 WTGs in Tamilnadu, India, co-ordinated by Tamilnadu Spinning Mills Association (TASMA-V2). The intent of the Project Activity is to reduce GHG emissions and promote sustainable development by use of renewable energy (Wind) for generation of power by bringing together a number of investors with small power requirements to invest into wind turbines. The project thus generates approximately 4,559.321 GWh of Power and thus reduces approximately 41,73,925 tCO2e over the period of 10 years. In the absence of the project activity, the equivalent amount of electricity would have been generated by the power plants connected with the southern grid which is predominantly based on fossil fuel.
Grid Interactive Solar Photovoltaic Power Project, Gujarat, India:
Louroux Bio Energies Limited (LBEL) has implemented 25 MW solar photovoltaic technology based power project at Village-Sujangadh, Taluka-Muli in Surendranagar district in Gujarat. LBEL is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) established specifically to further the clean energy initiative of its parent company viz. Ajanta Overseas Limited (99.995% shareholding). The electricity generated from the project activity is exported to the regional electricity grid and sold to the Gujarat State Electricity Utility (Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited) under a power purchase agreement. LBEL has decided to use thin film technology for its 25 MW Gujarat project.
Killik Wind Power Plant, Tokat, Turkey:
The purpose of Killik WEPP is to utilize wind energy potential in Turkey and to compensate energy requirement through a sustainable, environmentally and cost effective way. PEM Enerji A.Þ. (PEM) proposes to install Killik WPP with 40 MW installed capacity within the central district of Tokat. Killik WPP will have 16 turbines each having an output of 2.5 MW. Killik WPP will be connected via a 15 km transmission line to the 154 kV Gobel Transformer Station and the generated electricity will be supplied to Turkey’s national electricity grid.
Kocaeli Landfill Gas to Electricity Project Turkey:
The aim of the project includes the collection of the landfill gas, made up of mostly methane and carbon dioxide, which is currently released to the atmosphere,and use it as fuel for electricity generation. The electricity generated by the project will be fed to the national grid, and will replace electricity which would otherwise be generated by fossil fuel fed power plants.
Wind Park Vader Piet Project, Aruba:
Wind Park Vader Piet is located on the Aruban east coast. The island forms part of the Dutch Caribbean islands, it is located near the coast of Venezuela. 10 wind energy plants will be installed, each with an electric capacity of 3 MW. The project’s overall electric capacity will be 30 MW. The wind power project is estimated to supply 165 GWh electricity per year (up to 18% of the total electrical requirements for the island) to the Water- en Energiebedrijf Aruba N.V. The project is expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by an estimated 195,255 mt per year.
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