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Clean Development Projects Signs Up To Design A Half Million Hectare Bioenergy Plantation In Tunisia
Clean development projects limited has signed an agreement with a tunisian cement company to develop a 500,000 hectare (1.2million acres) bioenergy plantation. The 574,500,000 trees will sequester >1m** tonnes of co2 every year for 40 years
Working with the local partner, Clean Development Projects will initially make a detailed study of the land allocated by the Government in Tunisia. This study will examine the soil, topography, meteorology, demographics and much more to enable the Company specialists to devise a strategy and draw up a plan for the development of the plantations.
Clean Development Projects uses a proprietary eco-agri technology, similar to organic principles, which is designed to capitalise on the natural ecology of the plants to be used. This requires far less fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides that the usually used around the world. Further it helps restore degraded land and promotes biodiversity.
Beyond the green issues, Clean Development Projects is keen to support the local community. It creates employment opportunities for the local residents by adequately planning the usage of manpower required to maintain such a plantation (traditional methods require one man for 6 hectares, an area 300 x 200m). The target workforce comprises of people from the least privileged parts of society.
Therefore the Company together with local partners works to provide education and health care where these are not easily obtained (or at least to supplement the local Government provided services). This includes health, disability and life insurances to ensure the people are well provided for. These efforts are largely funded by trading the carbon credits raised from the plantation.
Where Clean Development Projects work with independent farmers, the Company ensures fair trade pricing using International indices to price the crops purchased. The same principles will be used to ensure the workers are properly paid. For example, workers are encouraged to use the spaces between rows of bioenergy crop to cultivate food crops for their families and keep bees and hens for food and some extra income.
Development will begin in the summer of 2011 and the first crop will be expected in the early spring of 2013. Clean Development Projects are available to assist with any bioenergy project worldwide.
For further information, contact Clean Development Projects Limited:
Contact point: Neil Faulkner
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3286 0104
Fax: +44 (0) 20 3137 1980
* (500,000ha x 1.3t oil/ha) x 3.2055tCO2/t fuel oil = 2,208,357.5 tCO2
CO2 emission factor from 2010 Guidelines to Defra / DECC's GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting
** using a conservative:
500gC/tree/year x 1149 trees/ha x 500,000 ha x 3.66 (convert to CO2) = 1,051,335 tonnes
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Clean Development Projects is working on projects in more than 10 countries around the globe. These projects cover bioenergy for the road and power or industry, combined with wind or solar power where applicable. In some lands we are working with the government to develop and implement integrated sustainable energy strategies.