How to consume only sustainable gas
In the case of natural gas the situation differs slightly.
- It is not a renewable energy: the fuel is underground pockets of gas, which one day will run out.
- It is not zero-emission: although the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere from this energy source is low, it cannot be said to be zero.
So how can we make a commitment to the environment by consuming natural gas? The carbon footprint associated with gas consumption can be balanced if we manage to offset it with projects that capture the equivalent of the CO2 emitted.
If we plant an entire forest, the amount of CO2 captured by all this plant matter offsets the emission of CO2 linked to gas consumption. Forests have a sink effect (they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and release oxygen) that helps us achieve a neutral emissions balance: I avoid as much as I emit.
What's more, these projects are accredited as sustainable: they achieve social benefits for the local population and help preserve vulnerable species.
Única by Endesa promotes this type of project and undertakes, audited by international bodies, to achieve a neutral emissions balance for all of its gas customers. The more gas these customers consume, the more these sustainable projects will grow.
Única currently covers the consumption of its clients for the entirety of 2020 with the Weyerhaeuser Uruguay reforestation project. In this video you can find out about an adventure that involves the capture of 10,000 tonnes of CO2, creates 260 jobs and provides resources for rural schools.