Carbon neutral home energy: go further today
By: Shell Energy
14 Aug 2020
In June we launched our Go Further tariff, which makes your home energy carbon neutral. When you choose a Go Further tariff, we’ll offset emissions from every part of your home energy that we provide, from its production right through to the emissions produced when you use it. That includes your gas and any emissions associated with the production of your renewable electricity. We offset it by buying carbon credits on your behalf.
That’s great for helping you reduce your carbon footprint, but the benefits don’t stop there. If you upgrade to our Go Further tariff, we’ll offset your energy by buying carbon credits from a portfolio of quality projects across the world. All are chosen because they have other benefits, aside from simply generating carbon credits.
One such project is the Cordillera Azul National Park project in Peru.
The Jewel of the Peruvian Amazon
The Cordillera Azul National Park is in Peru’s high forest, between the Andes and the Amazon Basin. Its stunning mountains, sparkling blue lagoons, rich biodiversity, and multicultural population have earned it the name the ‘Jewel of the Peruvian Amazon’. The Cordillera Azul covers a huge 3.7 million hectares, which is nearly the size of the Netherlands. Within the Cordillera Azul sits the Cordillera Azul project, and carbon credits purchased from the project form part of Shell's nature-based solutions portfolio.
The project helps this beautiful natural ecosystem play a vital role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as well as helping to avoid additional emissions that can result from deforestation and habitat destruction. Learn more about how nature-based solutions help reduce carbon emissions.
Money from the sale of carbon credits also helps the local environment, local communities, and local economies. This includes helping to provide alternative sources of income for local people, improved soil productivity, improved air quality, and improved water supplies in the region as well as monitoring and supporting biodiversity.
The community commitment is vital in making the Cordillera Azul National Park project a success. Resources and infrastructure are greatly needed if they're to protect the land. Throughout 2021, the project aims to support 716 community jobs, with at least 30% of those being held by women. The project has also improved access to water for 5,000 residents and develop schools in six communities.
Monitoring and protecting wildlife
People aren’t the only ones that rely on the Jewel of the Peruvian Amazon. Conservation of the area’s rich biodiversity is ongoing in the region. The Cordillera Azul National Park project helps to protect 28 High Conservation Value species, including the threatened jaguar and harpy eagle. And, thanks to the project, new species never recorded are being discovered by researchers. Since the project commenced, there’s been the naming of many new plant and animal species. Two of those animal species are a little bird named the “Painted Manakin” and the “Lily Rodriguez’s Beaked Toad”.
Researchers previously spotted an unrecorded population of manakin in the area over the last 25 years. It wasn't until recently that they were identified as a new species. This species of manakin, unique to the Cordillera Azul area, has distinct features and calling songs that differentiate its kin. Most striking is its buoyant chirp, which sounds like a rising “chiWEE?” as opposed to the “DJEW!” and “cli-CHEW” of other manakin species. That’s one way of setting yourself apart from the crowd.
The species doesn’t face any current threat from humans because it prefers poor soil environments. This means that its habitat is unlikely to be converted to agricultural land. This is great news for the new-found species, who are free to flourish in the area.
The second species discovered is the “Lily Rodriguez’s Beaked Toad” and is a new tree-dwelling species of the toad. It prefers spending time in trees as well as water, and researchers observed it climbing on leaves and branches about a metre above the ground as well as on the ground close to moderately flowing water.
These two new finds are proof that the rainforest is still harbouring hundreds of undiscovered species. Projects like the Cordillera Azul National Park project are vital in not just avoiding and reducing carbon dioxide emissions in our atmosphere, but protecting the communities, biodiversity and ecosystems that make the Peruvian Amazon the wonder that it is.
By making your home energy carbon neutral, you’ll be supporting these communities to help realise the global effort. So why not play your part and switch to the Go Further tariff today? It’s a small step towards a better energy future.