Geothermal Energy Carbon Offset in El Salvador UNCDM 0297

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Project Details


Geothermal power plants generate electricity from a source of geothermal steam. There is huge potential for geothermal energy production to lower worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and there are a large amount of geothermal reserves located around the world. However, only a small percentage have been developed.


Geothermal Energy projects involve setting up a geothermal power plant which is is costly and risky. Geothermal exploration can often takes place in areas that are difficult to access that have the capacity to effectively power turbines to produce electricity.


By replacing electricity generated by fossil fuels with renewable energy these projects reduce emissions that would have occurred from fossil fuel power plants, and help to drive a low carbon future, as well as boosting local economic development.


Projects such as these help to meet the growing energy demands of developing counties with clean electricity. The also can improve employment opportunities during both the construction and operational phases, and pave the way for similar projects in the region.


CDM projects adhere to strict technological standards and are rigorously scrutinized through an international monitoring, reporting and verification process.

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  • LaGeo, S.A. de C.V., Berlin Geothermal Project, Phase Two is a 44 MW geothermal power unit that uses a condensation unit to produce electricity. The primary objective of the project activity is to supply El Salvador’s rising demand for energy, by increasing renewable energy’s share.
  • LaGeo, S.A. de C.V., Berlin Geothermal Project, Phase Two is a 44 MW geothermal power unit that uses a condensation unit to produce electricity to be supplied to the national interconnected grid at Berlin Geothermal Plant.
  • The primary objective of the Project Activity is to supply El Salvador’s rising demand for energy due to economic growth and to improve the supply of electricity, by increasing renewable energy’s share of total the Salvadoran electricity consumption.
  • One fundamental goal of the project is the efficient use of resources, particularly indigenous resources, while minimizing impact on the environment.
  • LaGeo, S.A. de CV is committed to contribute to sustainable development and to pursue the harmonious relations among the company, surrounding communities and environment.
  • To safeguard the wildlife in the areas close to the power plant, LaGeo established a wildlife protection park, named Georesguardo, as an alternative to shelter the animal species that seizes in bad captivity conditions and illegal ownership.
  • The activities of the Georesguardo are aimed to make people aware of the importance of the sustainable management of natural resources and to promote the local development through the environmental education and recreation of the communities.
  • Many animals have found a home in the wildlife protection park, where they are fed, receive veterinarian attention and then liberated if they are able to survive in natural conditions.
  • Young people from the surrounding communities work in the park as rangers. They have had the opportunity to be trained in environmental conservation, animal health care, forest protection and English skills. Six ranger works actually and three of them are women.
  • With the purpose of creating development opportunities that improve the quality of life of its neighbours, La Geo has supported different community projects through its Corporate Responsibility Program. The iniciative covers the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development. As a result, 24 communities of Alegría, Berlín and Mercedes Umaña municipalities have been benefited.

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