How much carbon does a typical person use?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person creates 48,488 pounds of carbon every year. That’s equivalent to removing 110 trees or adding four more cars to the road every year.
How can we reduce our carbon footprint?
There are several lifestyle choices that we can make to reduce our carbon footprint. Choosing green energy sources, such as wind and solar, buying energy efficient appliances, carpooling and recycling are all steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint. Although we cannot directly eliminate all carbon emissions from our daily activities, we can offset them! Carbon offsets are measurable and tangible benefits granted to environmental projects that help mitigate the carbon emissions and support a sustainable environment.
What are carbon offsets – How do they work?
A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide made in order to offset an emission made elsewhere. Carbon offsets are typically measured in tons and are achieved through funding projects that offset carbon emissions. Projects have a broad range; from forestry projects in South America to large wind turbine projects in the United States.
Purchasing carbon offsets means you are contributing to a reduction in carbon emissions that would not have happened without the financial support of the carbon offset market This concept is known as “additionality”.
For example, gas capture projects at landfills not only prevent the release of methane gas into the atmosphere, but they also use the captured methane to generate electricity that would otherwise be generated by burning fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas. Gas capture projects can be expensive. In order to finance the construction and operation of the project, the developer can sell the emission reductions in the form of carbon offsets.
Carbon dioxide emissions come from burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. Carbon dioxide is thought to be the largest man made contributor to greenhouse gasses. Greenhouse gasses are thought by some scientists to contribute to the “greenhouse effect,” which refers to the slow, persistent warming of the planet. Such warming has the potential to negatively affect the earth’s atmosphere. Large amounts of carbon dioxide are emitted into the atmosphere because of our reliance on modern day conveniences and daily life activities such as: driving, air travel, electricity production and consumption, and the purchase of heavily packaged food products2. The amount of carbon emissions we create is also sometimes referred to as our “carbon footprint”.
The Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER)
The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State will expand and deepen the Partnership on Womens’ Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). The program aims to empower women as entrepreneurs for technologies in clean energy at the grassroots level in poor and rural communities of East Africa, Nigeria, and India.
Working at the grassroots level in East Africa, Nigeria, and India, wPOWER promotes entrepreneurship of small-scale clean technologies such as solar products and clean cookstoves to drive green growth and directly integrate women into the energy access value chain. This NOFO will focus on expanding activities under these wPOWER program goals by empowering and supporting women clean energy entrepreneurs, conducting research to advance women clean energy entrepreneurship, addressing financial barriers, and growing the wPOWER Partnership.
The program is open to nonprofit NGOs and educational institutions in the U.S. and internationally, and to public international organizations. Funding Opportunity OES-OCC-16-005. The application deadline is 10 June 2016.
Power for All is a global campaign to accelerate the deployment of distributed/decentralized renewable energy (DRE) as the best solution to universal energy access. Supported by Power for All,s global team, comprised of experts in advocacy, communications, and market development, the Nigeria Campaign Director will mobilise a coalition of private sector and civil society stakeholders to work with government and accelerate access to decentralized renewable energy.
Checkout the link for further details, then follow up with
Charlie Miller, Director of National Programs at Power for All
Deadline: 1 June 2016
Do you know a green entrepreneur with a promising business plan, or do you own a sustainable start-up yourself? If yes then apply for the 10th edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2016.
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is the world’s largest competition in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship.
- The winner gets EUR 500,000 to bring his/her business to market.
- The runner-up will receive EUR 200,000.
- The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is open to any individual from any country from the age of 18 years and to companies, businesses, institutions and all other organisations.
- The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is not open to:
- Employees of the Dutch Postcode Lottery
- Anyone who has been involved in or will this year be involved in judging the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
- Immediate family members and/or household members of the individuals
- Parties in which DOEN Foundation directly participates are excluded from entering the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
- Parties who currently receive subsidies from DOEN Foundation can enter the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, but if they win any prize money DOEN Foundation and the Dutch Postcode Lottery have the right, at their discretion, to reduce the subsidies.
- All Entries must be in English. Entries in any other language shall not be considered.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply online via given website.
Note: The winner will be chosen by an international jury at the finals in Amsterdam on 14 September 2016.
For more information, please visit Green Challenge.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said that at the moment, importing Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, is cheaper than producing the product in the country’s refineries. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Kachikwu disclosed that until the upgrade and total refurbishment of the refineries are concluded, as well as ensuring that the pipelines are fixed, it would be uneconomic and very expensive to refine PMS locally. He maintained that local refining of PMS would make much more economic sense if all the refineries undergo full set of repairs and Turn-Around Maintenance, TAM, and when new refineries are set up in the country through co-locative initiative. He said: “Most modern refineries are configured in such a way that your stock of PMS outage is a lot higher, 70 to 80 per cent. So when we do import the product, we actually save money; we get it less expensive than when we do it here.
“But having said that, the reality is that until we have alternatives in terms of co-locative refineries which we are looking at; until we finish the total refurbishment to improve and upgrade the refineries, it does not make sense to use it with some of the deficiencies. “This is because distribution is key. If you have product in Kaduna for example, pumping into the north becomes easy as opposed to moving, as we do whenever we have a crisis – trucks all the way from Lagos and Oghara, out to the north.” Kachikwu further noted that even if the current set of refineries were working on a 100 per cent basis, they would only be able to account for 20 million litres of PMS per day, about 50 per cent of the country’s total consumption.
This means that the country would still resort to importation to meet up with the shortfall. He said: “The way the refineries are configured right now, and until a full set of repairs and TAM are done, they are configured on the basis of 50 per cent of PMS and 50 per cent other products. So even if they were producing on a 100 per cent basis, which they are nowhere near producing right now, PMS output would be less than 20 million litres. Our consumption is closer to 40 million. So we will still have, literarily, 50 per cent gap.”