Project avoids potential 178 tons of carbon going into the atmosphere

Kahikatea Tree  New Zealand

A project by a Tauranga local to floodlight the whole of the Kaimai Range so that the silhouette could be picked out from the sea by visiting cruise liners has been cancelled, thus avoiding the potential of 178 tons of carbon going into the atmosphere.

Clearly, I jest; but this is no less logical than the virtue signalling about the new harbour bridge solar powered lights.

[…] By using solar and battery, we’re avoiding a potential 27 tons of carbon going into the atmosphere. At launch, the carbon offset will be equivalent to 13.6 tons, which will increase to an expected 27 tons in 2018. [..]

A rendered image of how the Auckland Harbour bridge will look once lights are installed powered by solar energy and battery. Photo / Supplied

Clearly, if the bridge remained unlit even more tons of carbon would not go into the atmosphere so how can they claim a carbon offset by consuming energy that was not being consumed before? Can the Tauranga man claim the carbon offset for his Kaimai Range floodlight project saving?

With Harbour Bridge logic, the more solar panels, batteries and LEDs we use – the more tons of carbon saving. So, let’s light up absolutely everything and save the planet – except for during Earth Hour, naturally, when we turn everything off to save the planet.

[…]The solar panels at Wynyard Quarter will deliver 114MWh of energy – enough to power 11 homes for a year[…]

-NZ Herald

Have the people producing these numbers taken into account the CO2 equivalent contribution of the manufacture of the batteries and solar panels or have they simply worked on the difference between LED lighting and other lighting with a higher power consumption?  Given the honesty of most reporting on this subject, I would postulate the latter.

Estimates vary, depending on the source of energy used in the original manufacture of the panels and batteries and the typical figure seems to be around 15 ton of carbon for this size of installation.

Go ahead, light the bridge, it should look spectacular, but spare us the virtue signalling, planet-saving nonsense.


This post was written by Intern Staff

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