17-0202 v2.1/Te Wharehou O Tuhoe/Request for Exception to Purchase Carbon Offsets, By Installing Offsite Renewable Energy on a Community Development Not Seeking LBC Certification.
Tuhoe iwi accepted an apology and reparations settlement from the Crown in 2014 for 150 years of colonial impacts. Tuhoe now have significant control of their future destiny and are investing in their social, tourism and physical infrastructure, such as the Te Uru Taumatua whare and other community developments. These will directly support their people and land through community employment, training, local business and tourism infrastructure. This will ensure they can flourish and live sustainably on their own land as a community for generations to come.
Rather than spend the critical settlement on buying Carbon Offsets on the international market, (which benefits distant peoples and countries’ transition to clean energy), the project team propose that the iwi’s significant investment in renewable energy on their own developments is recognised as having greater positive social, education and climate benefits.
The Tuhoe embodied carbon offset cost is approximately NZ$25K (Range NZ$8K - $25K). Additionally the NZ electric grid operates around 80% renewable portion annually (subject to rainfall). The proposed exception offset investment is approximately NZ$100K of solar electric panels. This array is included in the construction contract, currently underway and will be installed on a remote rural development in Ruatahuna.
The development consists of a general store, workshops, tourist accommodation, education and community support facilities. The installed solar array is approximately 20% of the development’s annual energy consumption.
This project at Ruatahuna will not be seeking LBC Certification.
In reality carbon emissions avoided in Te Urewera (Tuhoe country) by investing in renewable energy are still contributing to the global reduction in atmospheric carbon, whilst the investment has an enhanced leverage to create positive social, educational and environmental impacts for the local community and their visitors.
We can supply copies of documentation to confirm the investment.
Installation of additional off-site renewable energy infrastructure, that does not serve the LBC project, may be used to satisfy all or a portion of the project's carbon offset requirement, as calculated in
"I11-1 Carbon Calculations".
- US EPA's C02/kWh conversion / emission factor: 0.000703 metric tons C02 / kWh
- 0.000195 metric tons C02 / kWh (= 0.195 kg CO2-e/kWh)
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