South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange

SS-GATE Case Study – China-Turkey Voluntary Carbon Emission Reduction World Expo 2010

At the request of UNDP and other United Nations agencies, SS-GATE measured the carbon emissions to be generated by the United Nations pavilion. Société Général de Surveillance (SGS), recognized by the United Nations as a designated operational entity of CDM to work for a third party verification agency, verified that the United Nations pavilion would generate 3,000 tons of carbon emissions during the Expo.

Through SS-GATE, a Turkish hydropower project of 15MW was identified as a seller of 3,000 tons of carbon units to match those generated by the United Nations pavilion as part of the voluntary emission reduction. The Kaleati hydropower plant is a small project located in the province of Osmaniye.

Simultaneously, the Shanghai International Consulting Company was identifies as a buyer of the 3,000 tons of carbon emission reductions to offset the emissions generated by the United Nations pavilion. The SS-GATE platform enabled the successful identification and matching of carbon credit buyer and seller.

The Shanghai International Consulting Company purchased the 3,000 verified carbon emissions (VER) at $50,000 and donated the carbon credits to the United Nations pavilion to offset its emissions.

In 2010, the United Nations pavilion became the first carbon-neutral international pavilion in the history of the World Expo.