VERRA VCS 1186 Biomass Carbon Offset in Chile

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Project Description

ID
1186
State/Province
Maule
VCS
Proponent
Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.
BC, Canada
604 628 2494
shawnburns@carboncreditcorp.biz
VCS Project Status
Registered
View Issuance Records
Estimated Annual Emission Reductions
258093
VCS Project Type
Energy industries (renewable/non-renewable sources)
VCS Methodology
ACM0006
VCS Project Validator
Det Norske Veritas Climate Change Services AS (DNV)
Project Registration Date
06/04/2020
Crediting Period Term
1st, 01/07/2014 – 30/06/2024

This project involves the production of electricity through the collection and processing of waste biomass from the Viñales sawmill in central Chile. The waste biomass is directly combusted in a boiler to generate steam, which is expanded through a turbine to generate electricity.

The biomass used for the production of the electricity is typically leftover from the sawmill’s industrial activity (such as sawdust or bark), with additional waste biomass supplied from forestry pruning operations nearby. In the absence of the project activity, this waste biomass would likely be burned in the open air, or left in piles to decay.

The electricity produced powers the sawmill itself, and excess electricity is additionally passed into the local grid. It is estimated that the project activity will produce emissions reductions of over 250,000 tCO2e per year, through the generation of electricity that would otherwise be produced by burning fossil fuels.

Biomass Energy Recovery

SITUATION

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Many developing countries rely heavily on the burning of fossil fuels to supply electricity to their population. These highly emissions-intensive activities account for a large percentage of man-made CO2 emissions globally.

SOLUTION

Biomass energy projects generate heat and/or electricity by combusting organic matter like rice husks, animal waste, sawmill waste and palm oil waste. The energy produced powers and heats homes and industries, often using waste that would have otherwise been left to decay, releasing methane into the atmosphere and added bulk to landfills.

IMPACT

Biomass to Energy projects are responsible for millions of tonnes of C02 emissions avoided per year, through the use of bio matter for fuel rather than leaving it to decay, which produces methane emissions and fine particles. They project provide a genuine alternative to fossil fuels, enabling a shift to more sustainable production methods

OUTCOME

Biomass projects enable a circular ‘waste’ economy and create supply chains and manufacturing processes for renewable biomass fuels, increasing their availability for local use. They meet growing demands for energy and and provide social and environmental benefits to communities in the surrounding areas.

Verification

The Verra Registry issues carbon credits, each is equivalent to one tonne of CO2e. It is the central repository for all information and documentation relating to Verra projects and units. The Verra Registry also ensures the uniqueness of projects and credits in the system. Projects are subject to a rigorous verification process and Verra’s diligence and transparency underpins the positive outcomes of carbon projects it certifies.

To see the Verra Website click here:

https://registry.verra.org/app/projectDetail/VCS/1186

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