In pursuit of its goal to reduce emissions, we mainly focus on projects that are directly related to our operations. We neutralize the remaining carbon-dioxide emissions related to the transport and delivery of Posti Green services by funding climate projects.
In practice, this means that while the delivery of one letter generates 30 grams, or a parcel 700 grams, of carbon dioxide, we make sure that a corresponding amount is cut from emissions somewhere else.
The climate projects take place in countries that have no cap-and-trade schemes. The climate projects do not take place in Finland or any other country that have signed the Kyoto Protocol, and have already committed to certain emission reduction goals. Posti participates for example in wind power projects in India and Turkey. Produced renewable energy replaces fossil fuels and therefore reduces emissions. Additionally, the projects create jobs locally.
Projects are certified according to the Gold Standard or VCS (Verra) Standard. Gold Standard is a verification standards created by the WWF, and it takes into account also the social impacts the emission projects have in their local community. VCS is one of the world's leading verification standards for emission reduction projects. Both standards guarantee that emission reduction projects are sustainable, that they are appropriately monitored, and that their emission reductions are verified by experts.
Cook stoves in Ghana, emission reduction 65,000 tCO2e/year* (Gold Standard)
Improved cook stoves utilize simple design enhancements to burn biomass fuel more cleanly and efficiently. They reduce greenhouse gas emissions, alleviate pressure on forests and reduce harmful smoke, and save families' money and time acquiring fuel. One‐third of the world's population rely on burning biomass for their daily cooking needs.
Clean energy from biomass in India, emission reduction 75,000 tCO2e/year* (VCS)
Clean energy from biomass is taking place in the state of Punjab. The power plant results in the generation of 90,311,000 kWh of clean electricity every year to feed 115,000 households. The power plant utilizes fuels derived from local cotton and mustard stalk. The project generates local employment positions during the operation and maintenance of the boiler as well as during the transportation and storage of biomass. It has also created additional income for farmers who sell the biomass that was previously left to rot.
Wind power in India, emission reduction 758,000 tCO2e/year (VCS)*
The wind power park consists of 812 wind turbines and results in the generation of 817,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per a year. This amount is enough to supply 500,000 households for one year. Renewable energy eliminates emissions and other air pollutants, improves local air conditions and minimizes negative health impact.
Wind power in Çanakkale Province, Turkey, emission reduction 79.000t CO2 (Gold Standard)
This project is a wind farm located at the Intepe district of Çanakkale Province of the region of Marmara. The strong and permanent flows of the region from Northeast to Southwest provide the perfect conditions to operate the wind farm. With 38 wind turbines of 800 kW installed capacity each, this project generates 108 GWh every year, which are fed to the Turkish National Power Grid. This amount of electricity is enough to supply 37.000 Turkish households with clean energy for a year.
The Mare Manastir Windfarm, Turkey, emission reduction 94.000t CO2 (Gold Standard)
This project is located in Alaçati District, 70 km from the city centre of Izmir, at the shores of the Aegean Sea. It includes 49 wind turbines mounted 50 meters above the ground with an aggregated installed capacity of 39.2 MW. The wind farm utilizes the strong current of this coastal area of Turkey to generate 129 GWh of clean electricity every year. This amount of energy is enough to supply 65,000 Turkish households for a year.
*Total project emission reduction per year