Friday, 09 Apr 2021 5:21 PM
East of the seaport of Bandirma in northwestern Turkey, rugged mountain ridges run along the coastline, catching the breezes from the Sea of Marmara. The sea separates the Asian part of Turkey from the small corner of the country that lies in Europe. It’s a major international waterway, connecting to the Aegean Sea via the Dardanelles strait on the west and to the Black Sea via the Bosporus strait that runs through Istanbul on the east.
Several wind farms rise along the ridges, including the Bandirma Wind Power Plant Project. Others sprout atop elevated areas to the west and south. With demand for energy rising but domestic production meeting only about a quarter of the nation’s needs, Turkey is aggressively pursuing renewable energy. In 2018, it set a target of generating 50% of its electricity through renewable means by 2023.
The Bandirma project can produce 60 megawatts of power from its 20 turbines, each rated at 3 MW. It began generating electricity in September 2009. The 2,000 carbon offsets in the Cloverly portfolio are from 2016, a year when the project generated a total of 123,310 offsets.
Cloverly buys offsets that meet accepted standards for being real, measurable, verifiable, permanent, and additional. "Additional" means that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened unless it got certified to sell carbon offsets. The Gold Standard for the Global Goals oversees verification of the Bandirma project. You can find verification documents at https://registry.goldstandard.org/projects/details/1170.
Projects can produce many offsets during a year. So a project may appear more than once in the Cloverly portfolio. You can tell the year of the offset by the date in the web address for each project: "12-months-starting-[month]-[year]." For a list of all the projects in our portfolio and an interactive map, see https://dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets. Learn more about Cloverly at https://cloverly.com.