SSE signs China deals

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Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has announced that it has sealed a deal that will allow it to offset its CO2 emissions by buying the reduction from four Chinese windfarms.

The energy company says that it has clinched a tie-up with a subsidiary of the state-backed China Guodian Corporation. This will support the development of four 50 megawatt wind farms in north-east China, which should displace around two million tonnes of CO2 from coal-fired power stations nearby.

SSE will contribute funds to the construction costs by buying up two million Carbon Emissions Reduction certificates over five years from 2008.

"Climate change is literally a global challenge and supporting the development of clean sources of energy anywhere in the world is a key means of addressing it," Ian Marchant, chief executive of SSE, said.

"We have deliberately acquired CERs which relate to a mature electricity generation technology which we have experience of operating, because we want to be sure that they are making a real difference.

"The large majority of our investment in reducing carbon emissions will continue to be in the UK but CERs are an effective means of supplementing it."

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