Case: Carbon neutrality through compensation

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Our target is zero emissions by 2030. In fact, we have been carbon neutral since 2011 thanks to emissions compensation.

We primarily reduce emissions through projects that are directly related to our operations. The CO2 emissions generated by our services are calculated as part of our annual environmental calculations. We neutralize the remaining CO2 emissions related to the transport and delivery of  Posti Green  products by funding climate projects.

In practice, if transporting one letter produces 30 grams of carbon dioxide or carrying one parcel produces 700 grams, we use certified climate projects to ensure that an equal amount of emissions is reduced somewhere else.

We carry out climate projects in countries that have no emission ceilings. We do not implement climate projects in Finland or other Kyoto Protocol countries that have binding targets. The projects Posti is involved in include wind power projects in India and Turkey. The renewable energy generated by the farms reduces emissions by replacing fossil fuels. The projects also have a regional job creation effect.

 

Cookstoves in Ghana, emissions reduced by 65,000 tCO2e/year*  (Gold Standard)

Simple and efficient cookstoves utilize biomass, such as wood, better and more cleanly than their predecessors. They save money and time for the local families by reducing the quantity of fuel required. This also saves forests. More than 2.7 billion people, or a third of the world’s population, depend on burning biomass for cooking, such as wood or charcoal.

Renewable energy in India, emissions reduced by 75,000 tCO2e/year* (VCS)

A plant in the state of Punjab produces clean energy from biomass. The plant powers 115,000 households by generating some 90,000 MWh of energy per year. It uses local agricultural waste, namely the stems of cotton and mustard plants, as its fuel. The farmers earn an additional income by selling the biomass. The plant also provides jobs for the local community in plant maintenance, transport and storage operations. The employment effect is 236 people during the operation of the plant.

Wind power in India, emissions reduced by 758,000 tCO2e/year* (VCS)

This wind farm in Tamil Nadu, southern India, produces some 817,000 MWh of electricity per year, enough for as many as 500,000 local residents. Renewable energy is crucial in India, as the energy needed to meet the growing demand would otherwise be produced by using fossil fuels. Switching to renewable energy reduces emissions and improves the health of the local population.

Wind power in Turkey, in Çanakkale Province, emissions reduced by 79,000 tCO2 (Gold Standard)

This project is a wind farm located in Marmara, Çanakkale Province. The strong permanent winds in this area provide the perfect conditions for a wind farm. The wind farm consists of 38 turbines with a capacity of 800 kW per turbine. The annual output of 108 GWh is fed into Turkey’s national grid. This quantity of electricity provides clean energy for 37,000 Turkish households per year.

 

The Mare Manastir wind farm, Turkey, emissions reduced by 94,000 tCO2 (Gold Standard)  

This project is located in Alaçatı, about 70 kilometers from Izmir, on the coast of the Aegean Sea. It consists of 49 wind turbines installed 50 meters above ground. Their combined capacity is 39.2 MW. The wind farm takes advantage of the strong winds in this coastal area and generates 129 GWh of clean electricity per year. This quantity of energy covers the annual needs of 65,000 Turkish households.

*Project-specific total emissions reduction per year