South Pole is at the forefront of decarbonization with almost 1,000 offset projects worldwide and supports Planitree to deliver green products at no cost to the planet through carbon offset. Their projects deliver measurable benefits aligned with the aims of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They improve lives, livelihoods and landscapes for communities around the world.
In cooperation with South Pole, Planitree supports climate action projects, such as Prony Wind Farm in New Caledonia, to offer carbon-neutral delivery to every Planitree customer. Islands of the Pacific Ocean like New Caledonia face serious environmental and socioeconomic pressures that are exacerbated by climate change. Pacific Island nations are already severely affected by extreme weather and climate variability, and their inhabitants are amongst the world's most vulnerable communities to the growing effects of climate change. Yet in New Caledonia, 80% of energy demands are met by fossil fuel power plants.
Prony Wind Power involves six wind farms located at two different sites on the island of New Caledonia that supply electricity to the local grid. The Kafeate and Prony sites consist of 116 wind turbines with a total capacity of 31 MW, with an estimated yearly production of 40 GWh of emissions-free, renewable electricity. By displacing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power plants with renewable electricity, Prony Wind Power is helping to drive the clean energy transition in regions where there are not the resource to do so. The project has also boosted local economies by creating job opportunities both in building the wind farm and also running it. It has also spreading technological know-how and awareness of climate issues across the island. Prony’s success is a tribute the viability and value of sustainable development in small island nations, promoting climate action, and ultimately increasing climate resilience in the Pacific Island region.
Planitree is proud to partner with South Pole. Learn more about this amazing organisation here.