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Foreign office offsets air travel emissions with South African wind energy

South African wind energy is to be used to offset carbon emissions generated by air travel from a UK government department. In a deal facilitated by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEP), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is helping to finance a wind project. It will buy carbon credits from project developer Genesis Eco-Energy to cover 38,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from the annual air travel of its ministers and staff. The deal is the first of its kind under REEP's Voluntary Carbon Offset Mechanism involving a government. "It's an exciting market place when you consider the need for power in South Africa and our need for financing," says Davin Chown of Genesis Eco-Energy. "The sale of carbon credits to the UK will help provide us with financing for our wind project and will help raise awareness for further projects within the developing world and particularly Southern Africa," he adds.

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