CARBON REDUCTION EFFORTS

The Clean AdvantageTM 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.

Prairie Breeze Wind – North Dakota, United States:

The project generates carbon offsets by displacing fossil fuelled grid connected electricity. Prairie Winds is a 115 MW wind project near Minot, ND, which began operations in December 2009. The project uses seventy-seven (77) 1.5 megawatt turbines and delivers power into the Western Administration Integrated System, which is part of the Midwest Reliability Organization. In the absence of the Project, an equivalent amount of energy would be generated from conventional fossil fuel
power plants into MRO.

Ball State University Geothermal – Indiana, United States:

Ball State University created the nation’s largest ground-source, closed-loop geothermal energy system. This project replaced the school’s coal-fired boilers and chilled water equipment, and achieved a seven-fold increase in efficiency. The dramatic emissions reductions allowed the school to move its target carbon neutrality date forward from 2050 to 2030. Additionally, the geothermal system has and continues to serve as research material and classroom curriculum for hundreds of faculty and students.

GEC Organic Soil Amendments Project – Alabama, United States:

The project activity involves aerobic decomposition of chicken litter and green waste through composting in Castleberry Alabama in the South-Eastern Region of the United States. The chicken litter and green waste (wood shavings, potash from lumber operations, etc) is purchased from local companies and received at the composting facility as raw material to produce a high potency organic compost that is pathogen free and odourless.

Mt. Carberry Project Landfill Gas Capture Project – New Hampshire, United States:

The Landfill is located in the Unincorporated Township of Success, N.H. and consists of approximately 67 acres of developed landfill with an additional 43 acres which is undeveloped. The Landfill is projected to be operational through the year 2048 at the maximum fill rate per year (305,500 cubic yards per year). The site is approximately two miles east of Berlin, N.H.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 turbines with a total installed capacity of 38.275 MW. The project will generate approximately 89.92 million units of electricity per annum, which will be sold to the State Electricity Boards or wheeled for captive consumption. The project will help in greenhouse gas emission reduction by using renewable energy for generating power which otherwise would have been generated using non- renewable carbon intensive fuel. The implementation of the project will achieve approximately 83,350 tCO2e emission reduction per annum.

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. 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.

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 and is located near the coast of Venezuela. 10 wind energy plants are 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. Furthermore, the project is expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by an estimated 195,255 mt per year.

CARBON REDUCTION

When we reduce your fleet’s emissions we work with and invest in projects that have been certified to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere. We follow strict guidelines and protocols and retire certified carbon credits on a leading public registry.