Climate protection projects
By purchasing CO2 credits, we support carbon offset projects around the world, ensuring carbon offsetting for customers using our carbon neutral GoGreen products and services.
In order to offset emissions for our customers, we set high standards and select projects based on their environmental and local community benefits. This means that the climate-neutral GoGreen Service does not just offset emissions. Together with our customers we also make a contribution to promoting the economy in less developed countries and improving the lives of local people.
We consider VER credits the carbon credits fitting best with our own rigid requirements. In consequence, Deutsche Post DHL Group strives for VER type credits complying with the "Goldstandard". Projects eligible for GoGreen Climate Neutral shall be verified accordingly.
Projects with additional certifications are welcome as an alternative, should a sufficient supply of VER GS not be available. Projects following e.g. the Verra VCS standard can be selected as equivalent standards and can be found as part of the project portfolio occasionally.
GoGreen climate protection projects
For GoGreen we currently support a diverse mix of projects that reflect our quality standards. With our GoGreen program, we support high-quality climate protection projects worldwide to offset emissions.
High-quality climate protection projects - for a better climate and the local people:
Cururos Wind Farm Project
This project contributes to meet the electricity demand in Chile with renewable, clean and zero-emission power, displacing fossil-fuel based generation. This project is located 330 kilometres north of Santiago de Chile, in the Coquimbo region. The park began operations on October of 2010, it consists of two wind farms called "El Pacifico" and "La Cebada" with 57 wind turbines in total. The installed capacity of 109.6 MW delivers an annual average of 290 GWh to the Central Interconnected System (SIC).
Wind power in Chile
Cururos Wind Farm Project Country Chile Project standard
Type Wind power Supplier ACT Sustainable development goals (SDG) 7, 8, 13 Description GoldStandard.org
Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme
The rural areas in Sichuan Province are among the least developed in China. The Sichuan Household Biogas Programme of Activities (PoA) provides up to one million low-income households with biogas plants and efficient biogas stoves in order to improve people's lives and at the same time contribute to climate protection. The plants are filled with animal faeces that were previously disposed of in open slurry pits. The plants convert organic waste into clean, affordable biogas that can be used for cooking, heating or lighting instead of coal and firewood. After switching to biogas, each smallholder family saves around 2 tons of methane and carbon dioxide emissions per year.
The small biogas plants are installed and maintained via a dense network of local service centres and many certified biogas technicians throughout Sichuan. The project was awarded the National Energy Globe Award 2014 as China's best carbon offset project.
Energy efficiency in China
Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas Development Programme Country
China Project standard
Type Energy efficiency Supplier EcoAct Sustainable development goals (SDG) 3, 12, 13 Description GoldStandard.org
Zoba Maekel Community Boreholes
Eritrea is highly vulnerable to droughts, floods, soil erosion, desertification and land degradation, suffering from Africa's highest levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, a situation expected to be exacerbated by climate change. For many rural communities the struggle to find safe drinking water can take a major part of a families' resources. Usually the burden falls to women and children to collect water, walking a great distance from home.
Water drawn from pools or rivers is often contaminated with potentially lethal bacteria. To make water safe to drink it needs to be boiled. Our project helps identify and repair broken boreholes in the Zoba Maekel district, located in the Central Region of Eritea and showing high levels of poverty. Our project supports communities in renovating the boreholes so that they deliver clean water and breakdowns are fixed rapidly. The project saves an average of 70,000 tonnes of CO<sub>2</sub> emissions annually.
Clean water in Eritrea
Zoba Maekel Community Boreholes Country
Eritrea Project standard
Type Clean water Supplier Climate Partner Sustainable development goals (SDG) 3, 6, 13 Description GoldStandard.org
La Esperanza Hydroelectric Project
This small hydropower plant registered under CDM (Ref. No. 0009) and Gold Standard for the Global Goals (ID 395) produces clean energy for approx. 25,000 households in the rural Intibucá region.
Water power in Honduras
La Esperanza Hydroelectric Project Country
Honduras Project standard
VER 395, CDM 0009
Type Water power Supplier atmosfair gGmbH Sustainable development goals (SDG) 7, 8, 13, 15 Description GoldStandard.org
Laos has significant potential to generate hydropower, yet the country currently lacks the economic resources necessary to make electricity services available to rural communities. This hydropower power project helps solve this issue by generating sustainable electricity for rural communities and reducing the need for firewood.
Water power in Laos
Laos (lot 1) Project standard
Type Water power Supplier SouthPole Sustainable development goals (SDG) 6, 7, 13 Description GoldStandard.org
No smoke with this fire: Save80 stoves
In Lesotho in southern Africa, we have even implemented our own climate project for our GoGreen customers. Together with partners, we are equipping households with efficient Save80 stoves that save up to 80 percent on firewood. This not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, people are no longer exposed to harmful smoke when cooking, deforestation and the soil erosion it causes are also reduced - and people can use the time they otherwise spend collecting firewood more profitably.
The project was financed entirely by Deutsche Post DHL Group and implemented in cooperation with the non-profit climate protection organization atmosfair and the local partner SolarLights. Our joint project was awarded the national Energy Globe Award for Lesotho in 2018.
All GoGreen calculations and emissions compensation activities are verified annually by the independent auditing company Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Lifecycle Accounting and Reporting product standard.
Nepal Biogas Support Program
The Nepal Biogas Support Program supports the construction of household biogas digesters in Nepal. By enabling households to switch from wood to renewable biogas as cooking fuel, the program reduces CO<sub>2</sub>-Emissions, protects the Nepalese forest, and provides households in particular in rural Nepal 24/7 with a clean, affordable and self-sufficient source of energy.
The offered credits are from the Nepal Biogas Support Program-Programme of Activity (PoA) (PoA UNFCCC Ref: 9572, PoA GS ID 3110, CPAs: GS 3109, GS 3113, GS 3114, GS 3116, GS 3566, GS 6393, GS 6394, GS7508, GS7509, GS10739) and 4 Project Activities (PAs) also implemented under the Nepal Biogas Support Program with UNFCCC Ref. 0136, 0139, 5415 and 5416, GS IDs 108110, 108111, 108112 and 108113.
Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) is responsible for overall coordination and the implementation of the PoA and all the PAs under the Nepal Biogas Support Program.
Biomass in Nepal
Nepal Biogas Support Program Country Nepal Project standard
Type Biomass Supplier atmosfair gGmbH Sustainable development goals (SDG) 3, 7, 13 Description GoldStandard.org
This project reduces methane emissions by establishing and operating composting facilities to treat organic matter at a landfill site in Vietnam. The municipal solid waste, previously left to decay openly in waste landfills, is now covered, thus methane gas emissions are captured rather than left to escape into the atmosphere.
Biomass in Vietnam
Vietstar Country Vietnam (lot 1) Project standard
Type Biomass Supplier SouthPole Sustainable development goals (SDG) 2, 8, 11, 13 Description Goldstandard.org
This summary of the Carbon Credits Standard Guideline gives a little insights into Deutsche Post DHL Group's priorities and minimum criteria in the selection of Carbon Credits on the market:
Quality criteria for carbon credits
Carbon Credit Standards can be evaluated based on the goal to achieve credible and reliable standards providing long lasting positive impact on environment and social aspects.
Minimum criteria for high credibility include:
High quality standards have a defined methodology for monitoring and validation, and the process is conducted by an unbiased body which is not directly related to the project.
Carbon credits emitted by projects of a certain standard must be published. Project registries showing eligible projects as well as the carbon credits (with unique serial numbers and issuance years) are the preferred choice here. In order to avoid double counting, the party representing the standard shall have transparency and regulated methodologies in accounting. This includes a transparent tracking system for reduced emissions. Offset emissions shall only be claimed by a buyer and not by a seller.
The reduced carbon emission shall be permanent without reverse effect. Due to the high risk of non-permanence because of natural disasters, illegal logging and unsuccessful bedding we refrain from using reforestation projects as a means of offsetting.
The project must reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere and exist due to the presence of carbon markets and funds provided by selling certified carbon credits.
Deutsche Post DHL Group is committed to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Hence it is relevant and beneficial for the Group that the purchased carbon credits tackle social and economic issues in addition to climate change topics.
Leakage assessment shall be mitigated through leakage contracts prohibiting shifting environmental harmful activities to different locations or creating incentives to maintain emission reduction in the community. If mitigation is not possible, the carbon emission created by leakage effects are deducted from the carbon credits emitted by the project.
All the aforementioned criteria are tedious to check on a project to project level. That is why Deutsche Post DHL Group is relying on international carbon credit certification schemes such as the international "Gold Standard". This is one of the major carbon credit programs. It has a high level of credibility based on the methodology taken in accounting and assessment of the projects. To read a detailed methodology procedures established by Gold Standard, please refer to the official website of "Gold Standard" here.
Of course projects certified by one or more additional standards at the same time are most welcome.
Additionally to credibility criteria, we have certain preferences in selecting projects for the portfolio based on type of projects, size, region, and vintage:
- Renewable energy
Renewable energy projects promote a shift from fossil fuels to green energy through hydropower, wind power, solar panels or biomass projects. The promotion of renewable energy creates a transition from fossil fuels, which stimulates long-term reduction of CO2 emissions and a climate-friendly economy by lowering prices for renewable energy. This positively affects the Groups goal to increase its share of green electricity.
Often, the projects are established in rural areas, positively affecting local employment and energy supply. This also leads to social benefits, one of the pillars of sustainable development.
- Waste disposal
Focusing on the efficiency of capturing emissions during biological processes regarding organic waste. Instead of releasing the byproducts of degradation into the atmosphere, they are contained and used to produce energy. Thus, waste disposal projects do not only reduce the emission of greenhouse gases but also produce renewable energy.
- Household devices
Distributing cleaner-burning stoves or water purification devices to reduce or eliminate the need to burn wood. In addition to the environmental benefits of emission reduction, eliminating the need to collect vast amounts of wood on a daily basis also brings social benefits by improving the quality of life of local people. These projects are usually rather small, but have a massive effect on a local scale, changing the daily routines of the people using the devices.
Deutsche Post DHL Group is the primary sponsor of the Save80 project in Lesotho, making this project a cornerstone of the GoGreen offsetting activities.
- Renewable energy
As small projects tend to have a greater positive impact on the local society, we prefer the purchasing of small scale projects. However, large scale projects are eligible for the portfolio, as our demand is usually too high to be settled with microscale projects alone.
Overall, a diverse project and location portfolio is paramount. In accordance to the Kyoto Protocol, we try to concentrate our purchasing activities on areas where they can show the most positive side effects. In consequence, we do not buy certificates from projects located in highly developed countries. In particular, no credits shall be obtained from projects located in the EU, Northern America and Australia. Instead, the developing countries in Asia, Africa and Central- and South-America shall be preferred. Among these, countries ranking higher in the list of poor countries according to IMF or World Bank should be preferred.
Carbon credits are emitted on a yearly basis. The year of issuance is called the "vintage" of the credit. Younger vintages are preferred over older ones as they are a more appropriate reflection of the current state of the art regarding both regulations and technology. In consequence, we try to avoid very old vintages (5 years or older).