Terrapass funds projects that destroy greenhouse gases and produce renewable energy. We do this by partnering with project owners in communities across the United States. Terrapass is able to support these projects through the sale of renewable energy and carbon offsets.
Types of projects
Farm power: Terrapass works with farms in communities across the United States to make the best possible use of animal waste. Through the use of anaerobic digesters, methane is captured as the manure breaks down and is then destroyed when it is burned as a fuel to produce electricity. Additionally these digesters can also produce a variety of other products that help the farm and reduce environmental impact. The fibrous material can be separated, dried and used as bedding while the liquid effluent can be used as fertilizer. Anaerobic digestion also aids local communities by helping to reduce water pollution and odor associated with animal husbandry.
Landfill gas capture: Landfill gas capture projects turn garbage into power. As organic waste breaks down it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times more powerful than CO2. According to the EPA landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions in the United States. Through the installation of gas collection and control systems, these projects not only result in the destruction of powerful green house gases, but the gas can also be burned in a generator to create renewable electricity.
Clean energy from wind power: Wind energy displaces electricity that is generated by dirty fossil fuels like gas and coal (the way that most power is currently generated in the United States). In this sense, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that are avoided depends upon the “carbon profile” of the electricity grid where the energy is produced. The carbon profile of each regional grid is calculated periodically by the US Environmental Protection Agency by adding up the weighted average carbon dioxide emissions of all commercial energy sources on that regional grid.
Abandoned coal mine methane capture: Coal mines are a major source of methane emissions in the US, as methane gas naturally exists in coal beds and is released into the atmosphere through mine shafts. Methane escapes both from active mines and from abandoned mines that have reached the end of their useful life. Terrapass only supports methane capture projects at abandoned coal mines, as we seek avoid providing any benefit or incentive to companies involved in mining operations. Like other methane capture projects, powerful greenhouse gases are destroyed and can also be used to generate electricity, thus providing a “double” benefit.
Carbon offsets: A carbon offset is a certificate representing the reduction of the equivalent of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon offsets are an important financing mechanism for terrapass’ emissions reductions projects. In fact, when selecting offset projects for funding terrapass employs the rules of additionality, meaning that these projects would not be built and operated without the money provided from the sale of offsets.
Renewable Energy: All of our projects create or have the potential to create renewable energy. Some projects use captured methane gas to generate energy onsite, and in many cases this energy can be provided to the greater community. Terrapass is currently working with companies looking to power their operations using renewable energy and connecting them to our projects.
See the full listing of projects funded by terrapass (in the current portfolio and previous years).
See our published project portfolio reports, which are verified by an independent and accredited third party accounting firm. These reports that show your money is making a real difference. Also, find out more about the offset standards that we use and view our Product Content Label for details about the offsets you purchase.
You can also contact us for more information on getting funding for a carbon reduction project.