A country in North West Africa, despite an abundance of natural resources, Mauritania remains poor, and is classified as a Least Developed Country by the United Nations. The country’s economy is based on agriculture and livestock. Energy is produced mostly via fossil fuels and through imports.
The Nouakchott plant is the first wind farm in the country, supplying an equivalent of 140,000 people with green electricity.
Social and Sustainability Benefits
The project is contributing to sustainable development in the capital city of Mauritania:
- Generation of employment opportunities
- The project helps reduce the demand – supply gap in the region
- The project demonstrates the technology in the region and helps encourage other wind power projects
- The plant supplies 14% of the electricity’s need of Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital city
- The project features 15 turbines installed on 1,000 ha of unoccupied land.
The project develops around 105,000 MWh of green electricity each year and saves around 75,000 tCO2 per year.
£9.80 to offset 1tCO2e.[mfn]By using the carbon markets, entities can neutralise, or offset, their emissions by retiring carbon credits generated by projects that are reducing GHG emissions elsewhere. Of course, it is critical to ensure, or verify, that the emission reductions generated by these projects are actually occurring. This is the work of the VCS Program – to ensure the credibility of emission reduction projects.[/mfn][vertical-spacer]
UN Sustainable Development Goals