Topolog wind power project

CSG Standard is now available on the Romanian carbon market too

The first Romanian CSG Standard project, the Topolog Wind Power Project has just started issuing and selling carbon certificates on the voluntary market. This is a crucial step as it is the first CSG Standard project outside Hungary.

CSG Standard is a unique standard of Carbon Solutions Global Ltd. The main difference between CSG Standard and other standards is the opportunity to support local initiatives. With the help of CSG Standard, more climate protection activities and projects can materialize in Europe. It is crucial for both environmental protection and sustainability, and also beneficial to the economy.

Topolog Wind Power Project

The project is developed by E.K.W.ENERGY.S.R.L and its aim is to generate electricity by using wind resources and feeding it into the Romanian National Grid. Another purpose is to bring awareness to green energy and sustainability in the country. The wind power plant has an installed power of 6 MW and generates annually an average number of 594 carbon credits. As the project will be developed for a period of 10 years, it is estimated that it will produce a total number of 6000 carbon credits. At least 70 percent of the revenue from credits will support activities such as raising awareness of climate change by promoting wind turbine and renewable resources, supporting communities and energy efficiency programmes or the reforestation of areas affected by climate change in Romania.

The aim of the Topolog Wind Power Project is to:

-          produce clean energy,

-          raise awareness to sustainable development and reduce the exploitation of fossil fuels,

-          promote local economic development by creating local employment opportunities,

-          contribute to reaching the Romanian target for energy production from renewable sources,

-          generate clean energy instead of operating fossil fuel thermal power plants, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

During operation and power generation, wind turbines do not produce carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, mercury, radioactive waste or any other type of air pollution. The Topolog Wind Power Project is in compliance with all national and local environmental initiatives and also supports the objectives from Local Agenda 21 – sustainable development plan of Tulcea County.

Having an operative, affordable and financially stable national energy production matrix is essential for the economic development in any country. Taking rewarding and conscious steps, our clients can support local economy and sustainability and also reduce their carbon footprint.

Further details of the project

Name: Topolog Wind Power Project

Owner: E.K.W.ENERGY.S.R.L

Standardizer: S.C. CEPROCIM S.A.

Start date: 2011

Installed power: 6 MW

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Reforestation and Afforestation” methodology is on the verge

New methodology is on the verge of completion under the CSG Standard framework called Methodology for Reforestation and Afforestation.

The terms of reforestation and afforestation are similar and mean establishing forests growth on areas that either had forests in the past but were deforested or lacked it.
This process is essential in terms of climate protection and mitigation of the greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere. Trees capture carbon dioxide by taking it into their cells through photosynthesis and then they store the carbon in their bodies.

At the end of this September CSG Working Group started to work together with Janika Laht, Climate Professional from Estonia on a methodology that addresses the potential greenhouse gas emission reduction of reforestation and afforestation. Such projects could be potentially started in Romania where deforestation and the lack of natural forests cause huge environmental and climate problems.

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Minor update to the Renewable Energy methodology

On October 30, 2015 the Technical Advisory Panel accepted some modifications to the Renewable Energy methodology. By this change the maximum age of the data that is required to calculate electricity-related greenhouse gas  emission factors grew from one to two years.

This modification was necessary because the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority normally publishes the power plant specific greenhouse gas emissions for the previous year around October – November. Accordingly the newest data available is almost always more than one year old (but less than two).

II. Rákóczi Ferenc Katolikus Szakközépiskola, Informatika Épület

Verification of our “Fénykör” project has been started

Our “Fénykör” project that we have been working on for more than one year finally reached verification phase. That’s great news as the audit is the very last step before credits can be issued.

The Fénykör (in English: Circle of Light) Solar Power Project connects solar PV systems already installed or under development on more than 100 sites in dozens of settlements in Hungary as a kind of virtual power plant, that delivers an expected 5000 ton CO2e greenhouse gas emission reductions through replacing electricity generated by the conventional fossil fuel power plants.

The project design document or shortly the PDD describes the initial 30 sites that are now randomly selected and checked by the third-party auditor in order to validate the supplied data and also to see whether the project complies with the CSG Standard rules.

In the next few years the project is expected to grow as more sites will join and so will grow the number of credits that can be issued. Obvoiusly, credits can be issued from these new sites only after similar verification during the monitoring process.

“Circular Economy” methodology is on the verge

The idea of circular economy is that raw materials should stay in circulation in the economy instead of the one-way material flows that are so typical to our economic reality nowadays that transforms the planet’s natural resources to waste at a continous and ever-increasing rate.

Creating a circular economy does not only lead to a better global resource management but also greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions through the avoided use of fossil fuels. That is because reusing or recycling materials usually needs less energy than to extract similar but virgin raw materials. Unsurprisingly, circular economy became a buzzword of the EU’s 2014-2020 management plan.

CSG Working Group started to work together with Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI) on a Circular Economy methodology that addresses the potential greenhouse gas emission reductions of improved waste management practices with life-cycle thinking. Such projects could be for example municipal solid waste sorting and recycling activities.

CSG Standard version 1.1 released

The CSG Working Group in cooperation with the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) has been revised the text of CSG Standard based on the recently received feedbacks and challenges experienced over the last few months. The revision resulted a more transparent, better structured and more precisely worded document which helps every interested parties to get a clearer picture on the requirements, rights and responsibilities:

  • definitions are streamlined and updated in many cases. For example the meaning of “monitoring”, “global warming potential” are modified, in the latter case referencing the fourth report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • The “Verifier requirements” document, that has been a separate text from the Standard until now, is intergrated into the main Standard text.
  • The possibility to pre-sale the credits before verification has been abolished, as the TAP and the Working Group both agreed that it might undermine the trustfulness of the Standard. It also means that all references to “Pending Issuance Units” or “PIU”s have been removed from the text.
  • the Hungarian translation of the Standard has been updated in order to avoid conflicting meanings of definitions set by the Hungarian National Accreditation Board.

 

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New Romanian wind energy project is being launched

Fossil fuel electrical power generation contributes to the ever-accelerating global warming to a great extent. The reduction of conventional carbon, coal, gas, lignite, etc. power plants’ carbon emissions can be achieved by the growing use of renewable energy sources. CSG’s methodology, specifically developed for the use of renewable energy sources contributes to the growing use of power plants utilizing solar, wind and water energy, therefore creating a cleaner and more liveable future. In the framework of this methodology CSG Standard launches a greenhouse gas emission reduction project soon in Romania in cooperation with a local, small-scale wind farm. We started to work on this project a couple of months ago and now almost only the verification is left behind. More information coming soon! 

Medgyesegyháza, Schéner Mihály Általános Iskola

Fénykör solar project PDD finished

On March 31. the project design documentation (PDD) of our first Hungarian renewable energy GHG project has been finalised. This is a huge milestone for the project that is under preperation for more than 8 months on the way to issue and sell carbon units.

The Fénykör (in English: Circle of Light) Solar Power Project connects solar PV systems already installed or under development on more than 100 sites in dozens of settlements in Hungary as a kind of virtual power plant, with the pronounced aim to change people’s attitudes in favour of sustainability, with the additional aim to reach 5000 t CO2e greenhouse gas emissions per year.

The PDD is project-specific documentation that describes the business and technical plan of a project as well as the applied methodology, the monitoring plan and the environmental and social impacts related to the project activities in detail.