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Isangi REDD Carbon Project

Isangi REDD+

This project protects a large swath of rainforest in the Congo Basin by encouraging sustainable agricultural practices and reducing deforestation. By advancing education, healthcare, and economic opportunities, the project also improves the quality of life of local communities.

Where & Why

The Isangi Territory lies at the heart of the Congo River Basin, where the Congo and Lomami Rivers meet. The Congo Basin is home to the world’s second-largest tropical forest. This rich ecosystem teems with biodiversity including 14 types of primates, critically endangered forest elephants, and over 700 species of native trees. Tropical rainforests, such as those in the Isangi Territory, have a tremendous ability to act as carbon sinks. But in order to perform this vital ecological role, these forests must remain standing. 

The forests within the Isangi Territory are also home to more than 30 tribal villages. Poverty is an issue within these communities which struggle due to malnutrition, limited medical care, and sparse educational opportunities.  As the local population grows and food needs increase, forests in the area are under increasing pressure. Large swathes of tropical forest are chopped or burned down, primarily to make way for subsistence agriculture. In addition to losing their habitat, the wildlife species that reside in the forest are also threatened from bushmeat hunting. If existing farming practices continue there will be further deforestation and loss of biodiversity.

How & Who

This project protects 187,000 hectares of primary rainforest in Isangi Territory. It prevents CO2 emissions by halting logging within the project area and reducing the amount of forest that is converted into farmland. The project helps farmers adopt sustainable agricultural practices by teaching them new skills and providing the necessary seeds and resources. These new techniques will enable farmers to produce more crops on their existing land, thus reducing the need to clear additional forest area. Since 2009, 10 million metric tons of CO2e have been sequestered. 

By avoiding deforestation, the project not only mitigates climate change, but also conserves precious rainforest habitat and protects local biodiversity. The project also reduces threats to endangered species by introducing tilapia farming as an alternative to hunting.   

The project helps to alleviate poverty and improve the well-being of the 150,000 people that inhabit the region. Along with supporting food production, the project promotes economic development by creating local jobs and providing funding to new small-scale businesses. The project also supports the education of over 3,000 elementary school students and improves public health practices. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change by preventing deforestation
  • Conserves wildlife habitat
  • Protects endangered species and native trees

Community Benefits

  • Promotes sustainable economic opportunities
  • Provides skills training for local villagers
  • Supports sustainable food production
  • Increases access to quality education 
  • Improves local healthcare

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

672,224 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Jadora & SAFBOIS

Project Documents

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Turbines at Big Smile Wind Farm

Big Smile Wind Farm

This wind farm generates enough renewable energy to power over 45,000 homes. By generating clean wind energy, this project reduces the USA’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels and avoids harmful CO2 emissions.

Where & Why

Over 80% of the energy used in the USA is generated from fossil fuels such as crude oil, coal and natural gas. The excavation and processing of these fuels can take an enormous toll on landscapes. The pipelines, access roads and other infrastructure that powers the fossil fuel industry can destroy natural habitats and displace communities.  Acidic run-off from coal mining operations can end up in rivers and streams, polluting drinking water and freshwater ecosystems. 

Fossil fuels are burned to create energy to heat and light homes and businesses, and to power a huge number of other appliances. This burning creates a vast amount of carbon dioxide emissions which are trapped in the earth’s atmosphere and increase global warming and climate change.

How & Who

The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge is located on more than 7,500 acres of agricultural and grazing land in Oklahoma. Sixty-six wind turbines will deliver enough renewable energy to power more than 46,000 U.S. homes. By generating clean, wind energy, the project reduces reliance on environmentally damaging fossil fuels. Careful steps were taken to minimize the environmental impacts of the wind farm and prevent harm to birds, bats, and natural habitats. 

More than 130 people were employed during the construction phase of the project. The ongoing operation of the wind farm will also create 13 new full-time local jobs. Additionally, the wind farm will provide an additional revenue stream for local farmers who are paid to host the turbines on their property. In addition to the lease agreements with landowners, the project will produce increased revenues for local counties through investments in local infrastructure and property tax revenues. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Improves air quality
  • Mitigates climate change by reducing reliance on fossil fuels
  • Reduces land degradation and water pollution caused by fossil fuel extraction

Community Benefits

  • Creates jobs 
  • Provides additional revenues for local communities
  • Increases Investments in local infrastructure

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

339,000 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

ACCIONA

Project Documents

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Crow Lake Wind Farm

As their blades rotate in the strong South Dakota winds, the 108 turbines at Crow Lake Wind Farm generate clean electricity that displaces energy sourced from dirty fossil fuels. Along with avoiding emissions, the turbines are also used to educate students at a nearby technical college and prepare them for careers as wind technicians, and the ongoing operation of the wind farm supports local jobs.

Where & Why

With its sprawling prairies and some of the strongest winds in the United States, South Dakota is an ideal location for wind energy generation. Yet for many years, the state’s wind energy potential was largely untapped. In 2010, only 14% of South Dakota’s electricity came from wind energy while the remainder was primarily from fossil fuels and hydroelectric sources.  

Over the past decade, many new wind farms were built across South Dakota. Now, thousands of wind turbines dot the state’s rural farmlands and open plains. As a result, more than half (54%) of South Dakota’s electricity is now produced by clean, renewable wind energy.

How & Who

This carbon offset project supports the Crow Lake Wind Farm which sits on 36,000 acres of land near Chamberlain, South Dakota. The wind farm consists of 108 turbines which began operating in 2011. Prior to its construction, an environmental impact assessment was conducted to minimize negative impacts on grasslands, bird populations, and other natural resources. 

Altogether, the wind turbines are expected to produce around 513,000 megawatt hours of clean electricity each year. This is enough to power more than 43,000 average American homes. This energy is delivered to a bulk transmission system which provides electricity to numerous states including Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. By displacing energy from fossil fuel power plants with zero emissions wind energy, the Crow Lake Wind Farm avoids an average of 430,000 metric tons of carbon emissions each year.    

Along with generating clean energy, the wind farm also supports career development for local communities. Since one of the wind turbines at Crow Lake is owned by a local technical college, students can gain hands-on experience climbing and maintaining it as they train to become wind turbine technicians. The wind farm itself directly employs 11 people. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Fights climate change by generating clean, renewable wind energy

Community Benefits

  • Provides a training ground for students who are preparing for a career in wind turbine technology
  • Supports local jobs

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

432,128 metric tons CO2e (annual average for crediting period)

SDGs Supported

Verification Standard

Project Developers

Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC)

Project Documents

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Rio Preto-Jacundà REDD+

This community-based project avoids forest loss in the Amazonian ‘Arc of Deforestation’ by promoting sustainable use of an extractive forest reserve. Local families will gain income via the production of non-timber forest products and the project offers social benefits in health and education.

Where & Why

Located in the “Amazonian ‘Arc of Deforestation,” the Rio Preto-Jacundá Extractive Reserve is a conservation area spanning approximately 235,000 acres (95,000 hectares). The area faces pressures from squatters, illegal logging and the informal expansion of smallholder farms and ranches. Apart from the detrimental effects on the environment, which is home to 273 flora species and 787 fauna species, these external pressures also impinge on the resource rights of the rubber tapper community that has historically called this area home.

How & Who

This project is an ongoing community-based REDD+ project. Faced with the challenge of protecting their trees and preserving their traditional livelihood which involves the sustainable extraction of forest products, the Rio Preto-Jacundà community developed a multi-use management plan for the sustainable use of the extractive reserve. This project supports this plan and aims to avoid the deforestation of at least 35,000 hectares over the duration of the project. The project promotes the sustainable production of non-timber products such as wild rubber and its by-products which include acai and brazil nuts. In addition, the project will increase surveillance of the area through satellite monitoring of deforestation and on-the-ground patrols.  

The project also provides benefits to 130 families, including the potential for increased income generation; the improvement of housing and sanitary conditions; and the establishment of schools that provide child and adult learning services. Through the training of community members as health care agents, this project is also expected to provide significant improvements in community health by building capacity to monitor and control the most common and lethal diseases. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Protects a forest area and the biodiversity within
  • Mitigates climate change by reducing deforestation

Community Benefits

  • Increases income generation
  • Improves housing and sanitary conditions
  • Establishes new schools 
  • Trains healthcare agents

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

397,380 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Biofilica

Project Documents

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Soma Wind Farm renewable energy carbon offset project in turkey

Soma Wind Farm

The Soma Wind Farm reduces Turkey’s reliance on fossil fuel power plants by generating over 450,000 MWh of clean, renewable wind energy each year. Along with fighting climate change, the project also supports employment and skills development related to the construction and operation of the wind farm.

The Soma Enerji Elektrik Üretim Wind Farm Project is a grid-connected onshore wind farm project in the Manisa and Balıkesir Provinces of Turkey. Consisting of 119 wind turbines the site has a maximum power generation capacity of 140.1 MW when fully operational. Annually, the site generates over 450,000 MW of energy. With an expected lifespan of 30 years the Project Activity is expected to continue to realize emission reductions from decreased reliance on fossil fuel burning plants well after the crediting period ceases. 

Soma – Polat contributes to a local sustainable development by creating jobs in Turkey and the surrounding the region while procuring available services like subcontractors and equipment manufacturing. On-site operations also increased knowledge regarding local development of replicable technology to assist in transfer of similar projects to proximal regions in Turkey.

Environmental Benefits

  • Fights climate change by displacing fossil fuels with clean wind energy

Community Benefits

  • Creates jobs and supports the local economy
  • Trains employees on wind turbine operation and safety

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

271,099 metric tons CO2e (annual average for crediting period)

SDGs Supported

Verification Standard

Project Developers

Soma Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.ġ.

Project Documents

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Aliaga wind farm renewable energy carbon offset project in Turkey

Aliağa Wind Farm

The 36 turbines that dot the hillsides at Aliağa Wind Farm harness the power of Turkey’s powerful wind resources to generate a clean source of renewable energy. Along with preventing carbon emissions from fossil fuels, the wind farm provides an affordable new source of energy to keep up with Turkey’s growing demand for electricity and supports local service providers and job opportunities.

The Aliağa Wind Farm operates thirty-six turbines, each having a capacity of 2.5 MW, in the Aliağa Borough of Izmir, Turkey. The maximum power generation capacity of the turbines is 90 MW when fully operational. The project site rests on 145 hectares dispersed over three hills and is managed by Bergama RES Enerji Üretim. Annually, the site generates around 275,000 MWh of energy.

When developing the project, regional estimates targeted an 8% increase in energy demand annually from 2007-2013. The project assists in satisfying the augmenting demand by lowering energy cost and dependence on imported resources like natural gas and oil. Associated works such as wiring is performed by local companies to increase regional technological capacity in renewable energy projects while also stimulating the local economy from additional job opportunities related to operation.

Environmental Benefits

  • Fights climate change by producing clean, renewable wind energy

Community Benefits

  • Creates local job opportunities
  • Reduces dependence on imported resources and stimulates the local economy
  • Increases technological capacity in the region

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

163,781 metric tons CO2e (annual average for crediting period)

SDGs Supported

Verification Standard

Project Developers

Bergama RES Enerji Üretim A.Ş

Project Documents

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