In accordance with our ethos towards environmental responsibility, REUSE, an annual event organized by en.v to promote eco-friendly living, has offset its CO2 emissions by investing in an alternative energy project.
Ensuring environmental concerns are addressed during every phase, from setup to cleanup, REUSE is derived as a carbon neutral event to generate awareness for the collective carbon footprint we as individuals leave behind, especially companies, and to encourage positive behavior that will help offset or reduce this impact on the planet.
Upon calculation, REUSE 2.0 and 3.0, held in Q4 of 2008 and 2009 respectively, emitted a collective 23 tons of CO2. According to the “Climate Friendly” calculator, each ton is equivalent to KD 10.043 netting a grand total of KD 231.583. en.v has offset these emissions by investing in the “Anemon Intepe Wind Project” in Turkey.
The Anemon wind farm is located in the Intepe district of Çanakkale province. The district of Intepe has a population of only 2,000 and is dependent on electricity supply from other areas. The current unemployment level in Turkey is 11%. In Turkey, the generation mix of the grid is dominated by fossil fuel-fired power plants. In 2008 the share of installed wind capacity was 1%. At present, most of Turkey’s renewable energy comes from hydropower. The development of a wind farm in the area not only contributes to the local economic growth but also provides reliable electricity supply, improving energy security, and encourages development of wind power infrastructure.
REUSE 4.0 is currently under development for late 2010 and will continually strive to be environmentally conscientious during every phase of production and stand as a beacon for acting responsibly towards our natural surroundings.
About Carbon Offset
A carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon offsets are measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e). One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases. Offsets are typically achieved through financial support of projects that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the short- or long-term. The most common project type is renewable energy, such as wind farms, biomass energy, or hydroelectric dams.
REUSE is an annual exposition whereby community members come together to interact and recreate innovative design solutions from scrap and waste materials to promote eco-friendly living.
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