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We’re thrilled to announce new projects that have been added to bp Target Neutral’s offset portfolio. All are independently accredited to reduce carbon and meet international standards for carbon credits. What’s more, these projects make thousands of people’s lives healthier and safer and create new jobs. This supports bp’s new sustainability framework. High quality offsets help “Care for our planet” and “Improve people’s lives” as well as helping to ‘Get to net zero’ by tackling carbon emissions.
Three projects use biogas-based solutions, creating low-cost and low-carbon energy, improving crop yields, providing new employment and reducing air pollution. We’d say that’s a win-win-win!
More than 100,000 people across ten rural provinces are cooking, heating and generating light using this low-carbon biogas. Which means some 20,000 tonnes of carbon are cut each year by the project – equivalent to 850,000 filled rubbish bags being recycled rather than landfilled*.
The biodigester also produces non-chemical fertiliser, boosting harvests and avoiding the purchase of the expensive, harmful stuff that has its own carbon and environmental footprint.
It even creates new jobs and learned skills in manufacturing and installing the biodigesters themselves.
We’ve helped to support more than 10,000 jobs in construction and maintenance of the digesters, substantially improved the lives of around 1.2 million people and reduced carbon emissions by more than 800,000 tonnes per year – that’s equivalent to removing 172, 800 passenger vehicles from the roads for a year*.
By replacing solid fuels with biogas, this project reduces indoor air pollution and the risk of all the respiratory diseases associated with it. Which helps families breathe a little easier.
This project has equipped around 5,485 rural homes with biodigesters and efficient cook stoves that produce low-carbon biogas for cooking, rather than using solid fuels like firewood.
By supporting finance for this project, we’ve been able to help not only reduce carbon, but free up valuable time for more rewarding activities that help women supplement their household incomes and enable them to play a wider role in their communities.
Better still, it means more quality time with the family.
This will lead to an estimated reduction in carbon emissions of more than 180,000 tonnes per year over the 30-year crediting period.
But more than simply reducing carbon, it creates local jobs, increasing the diversity of income sources, improves community infrastructure and health by increasing access to clean water and supports community-based projects that reduce dependency on deforestation.
The ONIL cookstove project has equipped 31,781 rural homes in Mexico with cookstoves that burn much more efficiently and use up to 58% less firewood than a traditional open fire. That means a reduction in carbon of almost 92,000 tonnes per year – equivalent to taking nearly 20,000 cars off the road for a year*.
By installing chimney flues, cooking gases are also exhausted outside of the building, reducing indoor air pollution to close to WHO standards. So, less wood, more good.
Its 33 wind turbines harness strong prevailing coastal winds to generate clean, renewable electricity, reducing carbon in the atmosphere and at the same time improving local air quality.
On average, more than 180,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide are avoided each year by this project.
Since its launch, the hydropower project has reduced 369,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere on average every year. That’s equivalent to taking nearly 20,000 cars off the road each year*. It achieves this impressive figure by displacing electricity generated by grid-connected fossil fuel-based power plants.
Not only that, it also funds several community-based activities, including a sustainable agricultural training programme, a public library, eco-education programmes for children and hydropower station safety training.