EUSEW 2017: two tonnes of CO2 offset
EU Sustainable Energy Week’s carbon-compensation programme supports the transition to a sustainable global economy. This year, funding allocated by the programme to renewables projects will offset 2260 kg of CO2 created by the event.
As world attention turns to practical steps to reduce climate change, carbon-compensation schemes are helping to promote a greener global economy. Proven to reduce global carbon emissions over time, these schemes support projects that make CO2 savings to balance those emissions generated by a company’s products, services and business activities. Not only is the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) scheme a practical way to promote the global energy transition, it also promotes the collaboration and support for innovation that is such an important feature of EUSEW.
This year, EUSEW provided funding to renewables projects to offset 2260 kg of CO2, generated by printing 2017 conference materials. This brings the total CO2 offset since EUSEW started its carbon compensation scheme in 2016 to 2896 kg. One reason why more funds were made available for sustainable energy initiatives this year is that the conference brochures were included for the first time.
This year’s compensation breaks down as follows:
- 309 kg for large posters – certificates here and here
- 141 kg for medium-sized posters – certificate here
- 614 kg for bookmarks – certificates here and here
- 234 kg for postcards – certificate here
- 962 kg for brochures - certificate here
EUSEW’s carbon compensation beneficiaries
Water purification project, Western Kenya: this project distributes water purification units that use microgravity-driven filters. They replace conventional boiling using firewood and so reduce CO2 emissions and deforestation.
The April Salumei Sustainable Forest Management project, Papua New Guinea: this project has set aside 600 000 ha of rainforest to protect it from commercial logging and is supporting traditional landowners to manage the forest sustainably.
EUSEW’s carbon-compensation project beneficiaries: Water purification project, Western Kenya and April Salumei Sustainable Forest Management project.
EUSEW’s carbon-compensation partner: ClimatePartner.
European Sustainable Energy Week is a two-month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy.