Don Bosco avoids sending 44,059.35 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere


       One of the most appreciated projects of Don Bosco in Kep Province is its solar plant that guarantees sustainability and becomes a model of ecology for our time. The PV system power is of 16.572 kWp (see Sunny Portal, 2016). Only in December 2015, the Don Bosco Hatrans Solar Plant produced 1508.608 kWh with a maximum monthly power of 12.776 kW.  On January 4, 2016, the plant reached a power of 8 kW and more than 50 kW during the first 4 days of the year.

Don Bosco Kep Energy and Power January 2016

     The produced energy during the first days of 2016 reached 62,941.93 kWh, avoiding the sending of 44,059.35 kg (44 t) of CO2 into the atmosphere since the plant was installed in 2012. A mega-city like Hong Kong sent into the atmosphere 5.17 metric tons of CO2 in 2010, much more than whole Thailand that year that had emissions of 4.45 metric tons. The Cambodian emissions per capita was 0.29 metric tons in 2010, very similar to the ones of Laos and Burma. However, the hurry for development would make those low numbers to increase in the coming years if there is not a serious plan to keep on progress but protecting our environment. It is easy to calculate the carbon dioxide equivalent’s emissions of big urban centers, but normally people do not think in their personal or grupal emission.

       The Don Bosco Hatrans Technical School is one model of self-sustainability and ecology-friendly inside the Kep National Part. It is a key for the education of children and youth, especially those from poor communities that can transfer sustainable technics to their own communities such as solar energy, wind power, water recycling and sanitation. Cambodia buys power from neighboring countries such as Vietnam and Thailand, while it is building dams, some of them in ecological sanctuaries that get a lot reviews from ecological groups. When we talk about reducing CO2’s emissions around the globe, we are not talking only in industry, but also in an individual and collective compromise to reduce our own carbon footprint. The UK’s Sustainable Development Commission recommended in 2008 that for 2020 all UK schools could have their carbon footprint, which in that year was of 9.4 m tonnes of greenhouse gases per year (Ann Finlayson, 2008). In this regard, Cambodia lacks of policies of greenhouse’s reduction. Since the Don Bosco Hatrans Solar Plant was installed in 2012, it avoids the sending of around 10 t per year into the atmosphere, much more than what a British school was doing in 2008.

Don Bosco Kep Plan Overview January 2016

       The Don Bosco Hatrans different departments need a lot of power to guarantee the training of youth in different skills such as hospitality, social communication, information technology, mechanic agriculture, office administration, art communication and kindergarten. The Solar Plant was donated in 2011 by a donor that prefers to remain anonymous and it was completed by Stichting Scholenproject Cambodja of Rotterdam (SSCR) and Salesian Missions of New Rochelle. The Don Bosco Kep Children Fund is already requesting support to set solar plants in local schools to the benefit of rural communities. During the 12 months of 2015, it is the total of electrical expenditure:

Electrical Usage 2015 in Don Bosco Hatrans Technical School

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