Carbon Offsetting in China: Guyuan Wind Power Project
Generating clean electricity for Northern China
China relies on burning coal for a large proportion of its energy, resulting in thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere every year. The Hebei Guyuan County Dongxinying 119.5 MW Wind Power Project (to give it its full name) is a renewable energy scheme that reduces carbon emissions by displacing the need to burn fossil fuels.
About the project
Located at the south of Guyuan County in Hebei Province, China, this large-scale wind farm harnesses the strong winds in the area to generate electricity which is then contributed directly to North China’s national grid. Wind turbines produce no CO2 emissions as they convert wind energy into electricity, making them a clean source of renewable energy.
With 133 newly constructed wind turbines, the total power generated by this project is 199.5 MW of clean electricity. As a result, approximately 427,936 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be prevented from entering the atmosphere every year.
As well as supplying renewable electricity to China’s national grid, the project will also contribute to sustainable development of the local community. The wind farm creates job opportunities for local people, offering stable sources of income and training opportunities. This in turn will contribute to overall economic growth in the region.
This project is certified to the highest level by Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), an internationally recognised carbon standard. You can view the VCS certificate for carbon credits purchased on the Treepoints public ledger.
Climate Solution #2
Onshore wind turbines
Onshore wind turbines, like those at the Guyuan Wind Power project, generate electricity at a utility scale, comparable to power plants. They replace fossil fuels with emissions-free electricity.
Wind energy is one of the main initiatives for addressing global warming. Today, 314,000 wind turbines supply nearly 4% of the world’s electricity, and this figure is set to continue increasing rapidly.
The wind energy industry is marked by a proliferation of turbines, which reduces the cost and improves performance. In many areas around the world, wind energy is now less expensive than coal-generated power – and it produces no pollution, making it a viable source of clean energy.
You can read more about onshore wind turbines and other climate solutions at Project Drawdown.
Sustainable Development Goals
As a Treepoints member, your money is donated to projects that meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is climate action.
This means that as well as fighting climate change by offsetting carbon emissions, Treepoints members are contributing to sustainable development for ecosystems and communities around the world.
The goals met by this project are:
7. Affordable and clean energy – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
8. Decent work and economic growth – Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
13. Climate action – Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
You can see a record of our donation to this project on our public ledger.
Thanks to the contributions of our members, we are reducing carbon emissions for a more sustainable future.