Online Manufacturer makes important contribution to climate protection with purchase of CO2 certificates.
Ecological power for the island of Sumatra: FACTUREE supports hydropower project in Indonesia
Berlin, October 18, 2023 – Economic development on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has been limited largely due to rudimentary infrastructure and unreliable power supply. A run-of-river power plant on the upper reaches of the Musi River provided a solution. The environmental project by South Pole, developer of international climate protection projects, uses the kinetic energy of the flowing water to supply 700,000 people with renewable energy. The Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de) supports the environmental project and assumes ecological responsibility by purchasing CO2 certificates. FACTUREE is thus making an important contribution to the region's electricity supply, job creation and economic development.
Indonesia's largest island, Sumatra, is covered by dense tropical forests that provide habitats for countless plants and wildlife. The fertile soil is ideal for growing commodities such as rice, coffee and cocoa. But the growing demand for energy is threatening Sumatra's unique natural ecosystems and calls for new solutions. As part of South Pole's climate protection project, a running hydroelectric power plant was built on the upper reaches of the Musi River near the port city of Bengkulu, which feeds 765,000 megawatt hours of power into Sumatra's power grid every year.
The "Musi River Hydropower Project" not only improves access to electricity on Sumatra, it also significantly supports the sustainable development of the agricultural region.
"Hydroelectric power plants are an important part of the energy transition and help to strengthen the economy of a region. This form of energy generation is clean and environmentally friendly, consumes no raw materials and produces no waste products that are harmful to the environment. We have purchased CO2 certificates from South Pole and thus support developments like this," says Benjamin Schwab, Co-Founder and CMO at FACTUREE, and continues: "Our philosophy is to compensate for unavoidable emissions. We do this by financing climate protection outside our value chain while reducing our environmental footprint."
In addition to quality, the Online Manufacturer FACTUREE, a brand of cwmk GmbH, also focuses on sustainability and climate protection in its actions and regularly supports corresponding projects - such as the "Musi River Hydropower Project".
Hydropower plant supplies 700,000 people with renewable energy
The run-of-river power plant in Indonesia produces sustainable electricity without dams and only by exploiting natural differences in altitude. To avoid any negative impact on agriculture and ecology, water extraction is designed in such a way that existing irrigation systems are not damaged. A reforestation program has been developed to protect the landscape and nature in the project's catchment area. With the hydropower project, South Pole and its stakeholders are addressing various challenges in rural Sumatra, particularly the weak electricity supply. The kinetic energy released can now supply 700,000 people with renewable energy.
Promoting sustainable economic development
In addition to sustainable electricity production, the project brings numerous positive socio-economic developments for the local population. For example, qualified jobs are created.
Benjamin Schwab says: "The hydropower plant has created many jobs and training opportunities for local residents. A share of the project’s profits flows back to the population and has enabled, among other things, the construction of an orphanage, new roads and bridges, and other local infrastructure projects. Farmers, for example, are gaining better access to their rice fields and direct sources of income."
200 million tons of greenhouse gases already eliminated or reduced
As the hydropower project in Sumatra is certified as having above-average commitment, it has been awarded the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) certification. The program is the world's most widespread standard for the voluntary offsetting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies can offset or compensate for their GHG emissions by purchasing CO2 credits that have already been generated by savings in climate protection projects elsewhere. More than 1300 certified VCS projects have eliminated and reduced more than 200 million metric tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gases to date.
FACTUREE has voluntarily offset its CO2 emissions by purchasing CO2 certificates since the company came into existence. The Online Manufacturer thus promotes sustainability not only with its progressive business model for modern procurement, but also through values such as consistency, environmental awareness and social commitment.