Carbon Reduction Efforts
The Clean Advantage® program automatically reduces 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 8,737 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. In April 2018, 1,050 new spruces were added thanks to the Clean Advantage partnership. A stunning video of the latest planting event can be viewed here.
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. Today, the park is focused on preserving their forest and species-rich meadows. Unfortunately, invasive species are threatening the health of the certain areas of the park. This project’s goal is to remove these invasive species to improve the health of the national park’s meadows and forests. The Administration of the Krkonoše Mountains National Park (KRNAP) organizes professional management interventions focused on all these invasive species. KRNAP aims to use their extensive experience with eradication of invasive or expanding species to eliminate their impact on selected meadow sites. This past Spring, the project site was prepared by a landscape architect, old trees of non-original species were harvested and new trees and plants will be planted in Autumn of 2018.
Banisko Arboretum Planting and Restoration – Brezno, Slovakia:
Located in the northwest area of Brezno, the Banisko Arboretum is an old and historic orchard open to the public. With the help of the Clean Advantage Program, the organization Brezno for Citizens has preserved and improved the public orchard by revitalizing old fruit trees and planting new fruit trees, ensuring that regular maintenance of the location occurs. To accomplish these activities, volunteers worked under the guidance of an arborist. Volunteers also learned how to take care of the orchard, protect the new tree plantings, and preserve the area for generations of public visitors to come.
Várvölgy Route Planting Project – Pilisborosjenő, Hungary:
The 2097 Group Association, a new local group formed by active citizens in Pilisborosjenő, a village northwest to Budapest, aims at protecting a popular area called Várvölgy (castle valley).This picturesque and popular route runs along beautiful mountains and lavender fields, except for an approximately 500 m long portion, which is barren and surrounded by agricultural plots. Funding from the program supported the planting of an alley of trees along this section. The 30 local families that participated in the planting on May 5, 2018 have the opportunity to adopt the planted trees, further solidifying their commitment to the sustainable improvement of 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 areas contain an aggregate 4,823 hectares of privately owned lands in post-agricultural, degraded conditions.The project activity consists of planting 24.2 million trees on 3600 hectares. This project is expected to increase carbon stocks through Biomass Growth and Soil Organic Carbon by approximately 10,730 tC per year over 40 years, equivalent to a total of approximately 429,000 tC. The expected annual CO2 removals resulting from this project are 37,500 tCO2e, equalling at total of approximately 1,500,000 tCO2e over the 40 year crediting period of the project. Co-benefits of this 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:
On May 4, 2018, Okrašlovací Spolek Tvrdonice planted new trees at the site called Výhonekin Tvrdonice. The planting was carried out by members of the association with the help of children from the local kindergarten. Children adopted individual trees. A total of seven walnuts and two moss plants were planted. Thanks to the Foundation for Partnership for Financial Support, the Tvrdonice Kindergarten for their cooperation and the other volunteers who helped with this meaningful project.
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 captures coal mine gas from retired shafts 1 and 2 of the Lohberg Mine in Dinslaken. The captured methane is then utilized for the generation of energy totalling 8.148 MW. The power produced is then fed into the public power grid.
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:
This project, in the Eastern Amazon region of Brazil, will prevent 4,253.14ha of deforestation and is projected to reduce 30,024 tCO2e emissions by the end of 2018 and 1,432,278 tCO2e over the 30-year project lifespan. Residents of the project area strongly depend on natural resources. To contribute to their sustainable development, the project provides courses in how to make a living without extracting native wood.
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’ – Aruba:
Located on Aruba’s east coast in the Dutch Caribbean, this wind farm consists of 10 turbines and has a total installed capacity of 30 MW. Wind Park ‘Vader Piet’ supplies 126,000 MWh of electricity to the national grid each year, displacing fossil fuel-generated energy and supporting the island’s transition towards renewable energy sources. Vader Piet Wind Park harnesses the abundant wind resources of Aruba’s east coast to supply zero emissions energy to the grid. The project installed ten turbines, each with a 3 MW capacity, for a total installed capacity of 30 MW. The project contributes many benefits to both Aruba and the wider world. By reducing the need for imported fossil fuel-based electricity generation, it reduces Aruba’s dependence on foreign energy sources, thereby strengthening its energy security and self-sufficiency. The wind farm also increases regional employment opportunities, and further strengthens the local economy by attracting investment. This project reduces emissions of greenhouse gases by an estimated 152,783 tCO2e per year.
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