Net Zero only uses offsets that have been accredited by a leading standards organization. Any offsets that are funded are fully retired (not resold) in order to ensure that they reduce carbon emissions by the promised amount. Over time Net Zero has supported wind energy and landfill gas projects in the United States as well as wind and solar projects in India. A description of the current carbon offset project used is just below.
Davidson County Landfill Project
Project Type: Landfill Gas
Location: Lexington, North Carolina
The Davidson County Landfill is a municipal solid waste facility and is the site of a landfill gas-to-energy project. Through the use of an electricity generator set (and a single open flare, as a backup), the project reduces emissions by capturing methane and carbon dioxide from the decomposition of solid waste that would have otherwise been released into the environment and turns it into a renewable form of energy. The landfill gas collection system consists of 77 vertical wells, plus an additional 25 wells that are connected to a leachate cleanout system.
Prior to the project’s initiation, landfill gas was vented to the atmosphere, with no methane destruction. Since then, annual reductions are estimated at 50,000 tons, with the project’s lifetime total estimated at 350,000 tons. The project, which has a 1.6 MW capacity, produces enough clean energy to power approximately 1,500 homes and the emissions captured by the project are equivalent to removing over 10,000 passenger vehicles from the road every year.
Destroys methane that would have otherwise been released into the atmosphere.
Total environmental benefit is equivalent to the carbon captured by more than 13,600 acres of pine forest per year.
Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages: The project’s destruction of methane facilitates cleaner air and odor elimination in its local community.
SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all: The renewable energy generated from the project is purchased by the local utility.
SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts: By destroying methane, this project contributes to limiting global average temperature increase to below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.
Registry ID: VCS 2414
Offsets acquired through 3Degrees. Description adapted from one they provided.