Four electrical power stations use the natural flow of the river.
The run-of-river power stations on the Alaknanda River make valuable contribution to environmentally-friendly power generation.

CO2 compensation 2015: hydropower station in Joshimath, India

To offset CO2 emissions in 2015, we are this year buying certificates from a hydropower project in Joshimath, India. Four electrical power stations use the natural flow of the river to generate an output of 100 megawatt.

More than 70% of energy in the region around Joshimath is generated by burning fossil fuels. This creates emissions and damages the environment in the long term. The run-of-river power stations on the Alaknanda River make valuable contribution to environmentally-friendly power generation and ensure a reliable supply of electricity in the region. The project allows annual total CO2 savings of 1.3 million metric tons in CO2 equivalents. 

In contrast to many other hydropower projects, no artificial reservoirs must be built in Joshimath, as the river bed itself has enough natural drops in height. The residents of the surrounding communities benefit from this, as a resettlement programme is not required. In addition to the economic (low-price regional electricity) and ecological aspects (environmental protection through resource preservation), the project also takes the social aspects into account.

The proceeds from the sale of the CO2 certificates finance further projects:

» The construction of residential buildings is planned to combat poverty.
» Health centres are being built for more than 600 patients a month.
» Twelve per cent of the energy generated is provided free of charge.
» Forestation measures, and land restoration protect regional biodiversity.
» Over 1,500 participants benefit from an educational programme for women. 

Details: 

 Verification  Det Norske Veritas Certification AS (DNV)
 Project duration  Unlimited
 Certificate type  VCS
 Partners  ClimatePartner

 

CB, 19 January 2016

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