CO2 project, part 1

Our environment and sustainable neutral project will take the coming 5 years. And of course it starts with an analysis and inventory of everything we have that uses energy and what kind of energy. This will take another few weeks if we want to create a good base that is as complete as possible for our work plan. But, in the meantime we look for small steps to execute.

We make our own house free of gas. A new ceramic stove instead of the old gas stove and a pellet heater that replaces the less efficient wood burner. In Portugal is the electricity network already fed by 50% sustainable energy as sun, wind and water. Portugal already wants to start exporting this energy to other European countries. Also the gas heater we used every now and then is not necessary any more. We have pellet heaters in 3 rooms, our living room, our living kitchen and our holiday house. The wood burner will go to the cafe where it will replace the less efficient open fire place, Our fire wood comes from our own forest and in the future we will make our own pellets.

Our transport is a bit more difficult, but we can do something. About our cars: On the short term financially we are not able to change our diesel car into an electrical car. What we can do and therefore do is adding about 10% plant based oil (the one you use in the kitchen to fry, except olive oil) in the tank. It is not more expensive, in fact a little bit cheaper and it doesn’t give CO2 emission. It seems that this is only for older cars. Ours are from 2006 and have no problem (although we know that in Holland the diesel bought at the petrol station also has 10% plant based oil). The German inventor Mr. Diesel even made the first motors for 100% plant based oil, so in fact it is back to the base.

About our flying we will compensate the CO2 through one of our own projects, which I will tell about next month. Besides that, when we come for a longer stay in Holland we will use the Flixbus which travels between Portugal and Holland now. It uses ‘clean’ buses and one way costs 68 euros. Another advantage is that you can drop off for a city trip and hop on the next day. In the future we will have the high speed line. The construction of this train track has started again in the Northern of Spain coming to Porto in Portugal.

Finally some nice new from our favourite wine region. In the Douro valley the largest producer of Douro port wine and wine The Symington Family Estates started test fields with the 50 Portuguese grape varieties to guard the genetic inheritance. But, also to find out which varieties are growing better in a dryer and warmer climate, result of the global climate change. They developed an electrical test car running solar energy. The car drives continuous through the fields measuring all kinds of things to establish which grapes need less irrigation and are the best with higher temperatures. In the more humid fields the more vulnerable and for now important varieties are grown. All the wines are always a mixture of 3 varieties.

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