On average, a kWh of gas will be responsible for the production of 0.18kg of carbon. An average business customer uses around 44,000kWh of gas, meaning, each year, an average customer’s gas consumption creates around 8 tonnes of carbon.
How much is 8 tonnes? Well, to put it into context, the African Elephant is the world’s largest land animal and weighs between 4-7 tonnes.
The first thing that probably springs to mind is to plant some trees. Tree planting does have a positive impact on carbon in the atmosphere, however you’d need to plant more than 3,500 trees for every customer to off-set the carbon produced by their gas usage.
Instead, we’ll be helping fund renewable energy projects and supporting green initiatives in developing countries.
Located in northern Uganda, this project works with local communities to identify and repair broken boreholes. As well as health benefits, communities no longer need to boil water before drinking, saving firewood and preventing the release of carbon emissions.
Prior to some of the boreholes, women typically spent over 3 hours per day collecting water from a distant unsafe water source. The impact of a safe water supply from a borehole in the heart of the community therefore cannot be overestimated.
“Heqing Solar Cooker Project” is located in the rural area of Zhangye, Gansu province in northwestern China. The project has installed 49,000 solar cookers for the rural residents.
Coal is overwhelmingly the main energy source for rural residents in this region of China. The proposed project will enable the rural residents to efficiently substitute solar energy for the fossil fuel (coal) used in daily cooking and water boiling, avoiding CO2 emission that would be generated by fossil fuel consumption. It is estimated that 143,762 tCO2e emission reductions will be produced annually
Geothermal power plants use steam produced from reservoirs of hot water found a couple of miles or more below the Earth's surface, instead of having to use fossil fuels. The steam rotates a turbine that activates a generator, which produces electricity. It is a natural and sustainable source of energy.
Wayang Windu Phase 2 Geothermal Power Project is a 117MW geothermal power station. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions through the displacement of fossil fuel electricity generation with a clean, renewable energy source whilst providing jobs for the local community.
A country like India, where energy production is based on imported coal or oil, will become more self-sufficient by using alternatives such as wind power. Electricity produced from the wind produces no CO2 emissions and therefore does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Wind energy is also relatively labour intensive and creates many jobs.
The project involves the installation and maintenance of two sets of wind turbines. The total installed capacity of the projects are 80 MW and 72MW; which involves operation of 82 wind turbine generators (WTGs) across both projects. These projects are located in the Maharashtra state in India.