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Non-profit that supported Vietnam’s Dak Rung Hydropower in carbon offset scheme turns to “Water is Life” project in Madagascar

Water in Madagascar
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In 2012, EURid was the first European TLD registry to register for the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Since then, the company has assessed the environmental impact of its activities and attempted to comply with its policies and procedures. The non-profit was recently audited for its 2019 COemissions, resulting in an overall footprint of 159 tons CO2eq.

To offset its COemissions, EURid has been supporting many global sustainability initiatives, including the Ugandan Borehole Project, Ecomapuà Project in the Amazon, the Dak Rung Hydropower Project in Vietnam and the reforestation initiative in Monchique, Portugal.

The Dak Rung Hydropower Project in Vietnam is based around the construction of an 8-MW hydro plant on the Dak Rung stream in order to generate renewable electricity for both the local population and Vietnam’s electrical grid, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region and support the development of the local community. The project itself was sourced locally in an effort to support the local labor force and has received validation by the Verified Carbon Standard.

Of the 31,810 MWh of renewable energy the plant is expected to generate, 31, 492 MWh will be supplied to the grid while the remaining portion will go to the local community. In addition to this, the plant is foreseen to reduce COemissions by 17,257tCOannually.

Water is Life

EURid announced this week that it will support the “Water is Life project” in Madagascar for 2020, aiming to provide safe water to those in the city of Tulear, as well as to improve hygiene, social, economic and environmental issues.

“Back in 2012, we were the first TLD registry to measure its impact on the climate. Today, we are proud to show that the environmental principles of our company prove that even cyberspace can be managed in a sustainable manner,” commented CEO Marc Van Wesemael.

“In the city of Tulear, Madagascar, many families do not have direct access to drinking water and are forced to face long trips to reach water sources and then boil the water. Direct access to drinking water leads to concrete improvement in local health as well as reduction of CO2 emissions as it is no longer necessary to boil the water,” commented Giovanni Seppia, EURid External Relations manager.