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Carbon Emissions: Subsidies

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what each of the offsetting projects is that EEA Fund Management subsidises as part of the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund; and what the location of each project is. (250507)

The following projects are currently part of the approved pool of projects from which EEA Fund Management will deliver Certified Emission Reduction credits to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund:

Horizonte Wind Power Generation Project

Average annual emission reductions: 6,227 t CO2e

Location: Brazil

The Horizonte project became operational and started generating electricity in 2004. The wind farm consists of eight turbines of 600 kW each for a total generation capacity of 4.8 MW. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by substitution of energy from fossil fuel power plants as it generates electricity with clean wind energy. Energy from the plant is sold to the Brazilian South-Southeast-Midwest Grid.

Sri Balaji 6 MW Non-Conventional Renewable Sources Biomass Power Project

Average annual emission reductions: 28,590 t CO2e

Location: India

The project installed a 6 MW biomass-fired power plant that utilises surplus biomass waste residues usually burnt in the local area. The electricity generated by the project is sold to the grid, reducing reliance on fossil fuel power generation as well as creating benefits and job opportunities to the local community. The project reduces local pollution by avoiding uncontrolled burning of waste in the fields.

Cucaú Bagasse Cogeneration Project (CBCP)

Average annual emission reductions: 2,082 t CO2e

Location: Brazil

This project increases the energy efficiency of bagasse cogeneration at Cucaú sugar mill through the installation of more efficient boilers. The project also allows the mill to increase the steam efficiency in the sugar and alcohol production processes. Cucaú is thus able to generate surplus steam and use it exclusively for electricity production. This electricity is then sold into the national grid, avoiding the dispatch of the same amount of energy generated from fossil fuel-fired thermal plants.

6 MW renewable energy project for a grid system by Gayatri Agro Industrial Power Ltd., India

Average annual emission reductions: 23,738 t CO2e

Location: India

The project activity will utilise surplus biomass residues such as rice husk, paddy straw, castor stems, pulse stalks and other renewable woody biomass (Juliflora) materials to generate electricity for a grid system owned by the state owned power utility, Central Power Distribution Company Ltd.

6 MW renewable energy project for a grid system by Sri Indra Power Energies Ltd., India

Average annual emission reductions: 29,100t CO2e

Location: India

The project activity utilises surplus biomass residues to generate electricity for a grid system owned by the state power utility, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd.

Gansu Zhouqu Shimenping 15 MW Hydropower Station Project

Average annual emission reductions: 66,8171 CO2e

Location: China

The Gansu Zhouqu Shimenping Project is a small hydropower plant using water from the Bailong River in Zhouqu County in China. This project generates clean electricity, reducing reliance on fossil fuel power generation as well as creating job opportunities to the local community.

Further details of these projects can be found on the website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.