Yahoo has decided to offset its 250 thousand metric ton carbon footprint from 2006 through hydropower in rural Brazil and wind turbines in India, according to Chris Page, Yahoo’s director of climate and energy strategy (via Grist). The search giant committed to going carbon neutral in April. EcoSecurities and CantorCO2e helped Yahoo source, vet, and execute these projects.
In Brazil, Yahoo is purchasing offsets from the Primavera hydropower project, which supplies energy to Catorce de Abril, a small village in the state of Rondonia. It’s a small run-of-river dam, which means it uses natural flow and elevation drop to generate electricity. Electricity is new to Catorce de Abril, according to Page. Only recently, the village school was powered by a small diesel generator.Yahoo is also partnering with local businesses to purchase offsets from 43 750-kilowatt wind turbines in Vankuswade, Maharashtra, in western India and Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu, in southern India. “With our rapidly growing presence in India, we felt a sense of responsibility to encourage the development and use of cleaner energy there,” writes Page.