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Elia Grid International obtains the “CO2 neutral” label

28/10/2020

 

Global warming has become a major challenge for our society. Individuals and businesses have a role to play in preserving our planet but also in securing a viable future for humanity and its biodiversity.

Aware of its environmental responsibility, Elia Grid International has implemented projects to reduce and offset its climate impact. These efforts made possible to obtain the label “CO2 NEUTRAL” issued by the company CO2logic and certified by the independent third party Vinçotte.

Concretely, how does Elia Grid International participate in reducing its impact on the global warming?

The approach taken by EGI, with the company CO2logic, to achieve its objective of CO2 neutrality was carried out in 3 stages:
1. Calculation of our energy consumption;
2. Establishment of procedures to reduce our CO2 emissions;
3. Compensation of our residual emissions by supporting certified projects in favor of the climate

As it is impossible for an organization like EGI to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero, we have decided to offset our residual emissions by supporting a sustainable development project. This project allows us to reduce CO2 emissions elsewhere on the planet that EGI has not yet been able to reduce.

The program supported by Elia Grid International is a wind turbine project in India in the regions of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The Indian power grid is damagingly reliant on fossil fuel based power plants. The country ranks extremely high on coal dependency, emitting huge amounts of CO₂. As a consequence, the energy sector in India contributes to pollution and poor air quality.

The project builds wind turbines, providing the power grid with clean, renewable energy and stimulates the transition to a low carbon economy. 223 wind turbines will be installed, producing 54,000 MWH and providing electricity to 50,000 homes while improving conditions for the local population. The installation of the wind turbines will reduce CO2 emissions by 53,000 tons.