Climate protection project for Swiss Post
For the past two years, customers of Swiss Post have had the opportunity to send their letters, parcels and goods consignments with the "pro clima" surcharge, thereby offsetting the associated CO2 emissions. These surcharges are to be invested entirely in a climate protection project. The onus is now on the customers of Swiss Post. They can take part in an online vote to determine in which Gold Standard climate protection project Swiss Post will invest its "pro clima" surcharges from 2010.
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Customers wishing to offset the CO2 emissions generated by their mailings have been able to do so since February 2009 by paying a "pro clima" surcharge. Swiss Post will invest the collected surcharges in a climate protection project, which would not have been possible without additional funding. The consignments thus become CO2-neutral. With more than 124 million consignments and 180 business customers to its name, "pro clima" has achieved gratifying results. Swiss Post also makes use of "pro clima" to offset the CO2 emissions resulting from its own correspondence.
Three projects for selection
Swiss Post pursues a consistent environmental strategy. It is reducing its energy consumption as much as possible and replacing energy from non-renewable sources with renewable energies. With the help of the "pro clima" offering, customers can send their consignments in a particularly environmentally friendly way by offsetting CO2 emissions from their remaining energy consumption. The "pro clima" steering committee has now put forward three projects. Members of the public have the opportunity to cast their votes on the Swiss Post website between now and 6 February. The following projects are up for the vote.
Wind power in New Caledonia
The construction of six small wind farms on the main island of New Caledonia means that coal is no longer required as a source of energy. As a result, New Caledonia can reduce its emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and improve local air quality. Each of these wind farms has an output of 5 megawatts. A Pacific Island state and home to the world's largest lagoon, New Caledonia is particularly threatened by the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, ocean acidification and ever-changing rainfall. The project, which has created 50 jobs, is also of great significance to the local population and is helping to reduce the pressure to migrate. Furthermore, it lowers New Caledonia's dependency on the import of fossil fuels.
Electricity from harvest waste in India
At the biomass power plant in Karnataka, harvest waste such as sugar cane or coconut leaves are burned and used to generate electricity. In particular, the power plant can process biomass with a low thermal value. The electricity generated in this way is fed into the local supply grid, replacing electricity produced from fossil fuels and thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The facility creates over 400 jobs in the region, including for the procurement and transport of harvest waste, at the power plant and for the production of organic fertilizers.
Electricity from waste disposal gas in Turkey
The Mamak waste disposal plant in Ankara province collects gases and produces organic and syngas, which is processed by gas turbines to produce electricity. For this purpose the disposal site was covered, a gravitational water drainage system was developed, and a sorting and recycling centre set up. Around 200 employees work at the waste disposal site, and they receive special training for operation and maintenance of the plant. The facility replaces conventional power plants in the region and thus reduces greenhouse gas emissions thanks to renewable energies.
"Gold Standard" projects
Swiss Post only supports environmental projects with the independently monitored "Gold Standard". This highest quality seal ensures that the projects result in a real reduction in greenhouse gases and promote sustainable development in the countries concerned. There are currently no Gold Standard projects in Switzerland.