Discover Signify’s carbon offsetting program


For Signify, becoming a carbon neutral company by 2020 means investing in several carbon emission reduction projects. These projects help us support communities in emerging economies to transition to a low-carbon economy. Our selected projects also drive social, economic, and environmental progress for the communities within which they operate.

We have partnered with the South Pole Group, a global market leader in sustainability solutions, products and services that helps companies reach their most ambitious climate and sustainability commitments. Thanks to this partnership, we have gained access to over a decade’s worth of experience in creating global impact through green power, carbon credits, and developing verified and certified emission reduction projects. 

So far we have 7 carbon offsetting projects.

Kariba forest protection in Zimbabwe 

More than a third of Zimbabwe’s once majestic forests are gone. The project ensures that 785,000 hectares of forest and wildlife on the southern shores of Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba are now being protected. Beyond saving the environment, a range of activities support the independence of local communities. Agricultural workshops, low-emission brick-making, establishing fast-growing fuel-wood plantations, and ecotourism provide employment and protect endemic wildlife including endangered Black Rhinos. Watch VIDEO


Huóshui grouped small hydropower in China

 The Rural China Grouped Small Hydro Project consists of a group of 88 small-scale hydropower plants which generate clean renewable electricity across rural south western China. Carbon credits are used to fund social initiatives like disaster relief funds, and agricultural and education programs. Agricultural workshops on growing fruit trees and other sustainable crops offer increased income opportunities for local farmers.

Mytrah wind power in India 

A transition away from fossil fuels towards a clean energy alternative is an important development for India’s rapidly expanding economy. Through this wind farm project, 479,448 metric tonnes of CO2 is prevented from entering the atmosphere every year. Beyond benefiting the environment, this project also supports the wellbeing of communities via a range of activities. Gainful employment is provided to local workers, and the project has invested in the training of health volunteers servicing local slums. Furthermore, two community camps are driven to empower young women; coaching adolescent girls in partnership with UNICEF with knowledge about the rights of a girl in India, creative skills and skills in healthcare.


Reforestation in northern Colombia

Hectares of infertile land, degraded by illegal cattle grazing and gold mining, are restored by permanent reforestation and long-term monitoring of forests in northern Colombia. The project has a particular focus on biodiversity, promoting sustainable management of forest area. The project has restored 1,116 hectares of forest in Cáceres and 9,640 hectares of land have been surveyed and mapped in Cravo Norte. Over 150 jobs have been created for the local community, 20 local tree species and 75 plants have been planted, and critically endangered species such as jaguars, turtles, parrots and monkeys have returned.

Run-of-river hydropower in Vietnam

In the mountainous Son La province of Vietnam, one can see the benefits of sustainable energy production. Most of the light and heat comes from burning wood or from dirty and inefficient diesel generators; leading to deforestation, soil erosion, and harmful air emissions. The run-of-river hydro plant operates without a dam, avoiding problems of dam construction, flooding, resettlement, and environmental impacts on river flora. Now, the use of locally produced renewable energy allows for sustainable development without emissions harmful to people and planet. By supplying a stable electricity output, this project supports sustainable economic development of rural villages, improving the infrastructure, and generating jobs.


Landfill gas recovery in China

Decomposing organic materials in landfills generate large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than CO2. To keep this methane from damaging our climate and to make use of its potential as a sustainable energy source, this project has set up a landfill gas collection system to manage both solid waste disposal and local energy supply in a sustainable way. The landfill is covered, and the captured methane is fed into a power plant. In the end, the generated electricity is fed into the grid to supply the inhabitants of Suzhou with clean, non-fossil energy.

Mitcon wind power in India

This bundle of small- and middle-sized windfarms not only delivers emission free energy to the grid, the different project owners are also concerned with sustainable development of the rural regions their wind turbines are located in. Several local and regional programs which are aimed at improving the current health, education and employment situation receive support, providing communities with long term benefits such as scholarships, vocational trainings, and healthcare.





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