Emissions Offsetting

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LIPOR fleet is e) mission neutral certified

The 177 tCO2e emitted by LIPOR’s vehicle fleet, during 2015, were compensated with the organization "e)mission”, through a carbon credits generator project at Chile in a small hydroelectric plant.

This action is part of the strategy 3M from LIPOR that, besides reducing carbon emissions and offsetting unavoidable ones, aims to characterize its carbon profile and mobilizing municipalities, suppliers, customers and community to the reduction of waste and GHG emissions.

Project Description

This project comprises a small 19 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric (ROR), built to use the water of an irrigation canal to produce electricity at Maule region, Chile.

The main goal is to take advantage of a natural resource and the already existent irrigation infrastructures to produce a clean energy that is then injected in the main grid to be distributed to industries and residential areas in the region.

This run-of-the-river hydroelectric has a minimum environmental impact and the generated electricity replaces the need of thermal fossil fuels plants with higher costs and more GHG emissions.

As a result, the mini hydro power Lircay, built in 2008 is registered as a CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) project of Kyoto Protocol (registration nº 2417) since 2009. Yearly producing around 130 GWh the mini hydro power avoids the emission of 53,000 tCO2e.

It is estimated that this project will reduce GHG emission in 371,000 tCO2e in 7 years.

Why we choose this project

Mainly because this is a sustainable power generation project with a strong impact in the development of local communities.

Environmental impacts

  • The project contributes to clean energy production, without CO2 emissions;
  • The project includes the vegetation clean-up and reforestation of the areas surrounding the mini hydro. In total 28.5 acres were reforested in three distinct areas;
  • As part of the project a study of wildlife in the irrigation canal surroundings was carried out, to check the results of the mitigation measures implemented (including horizontal passages built to allow the canal crossing).

Social impacts

  • Creation of 150 jobs in the region during the construction of the mini hydro, with an average of 60 jobs per month during construction and 10 more definitive jobs in the operational phase;
  • Workers were recruited from local communities that are rural and poor, with high unemployment levels.

Economic impacts

  • Increased economic activity during construction and operation of the project;
  • Payment of annual instalments to the Association of Irrigation Canal Users by water use rights and thus benefit 2200 farmers;
  • Transfer of clean technologies for a developing region.

Project technical notes:

For this project the AM0026 (version 3) methodology was applied – electricity production with zero emissions and connected to the grid, from renewable sources at Chile, according to CDM - Clean Development Mechanism, approved by the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

The carbon credits emission was verified and certified according to the VCS - Voluntary Carbon Standard by AENOR - Spanish Association of Normalization and Certification, a DOE (Designated Operational Entity) accredited by UNFCCC, in accordance with the CDM requirements.

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