London, 29 August 2012: CNI UK Limited (CNI) has offset the Touch Lives Foundation Celebration Concert in Johannesburg, officially making it Africa’s first carbon neutral concert.

Headlined by Grammy-Award winner John Legend, the show marked the latest Foundation Celebration produced by Touch Lives since it was founded in 2005.

Touch Lives Foundation is a dynamic, international full-service event and entertainment production company that designs and produces entertainment-driven projects for corporations, associations, not-for-profit organisations and private individuals.

Due to its ongoing work with the Touch Lives Foundation in South Africa, CNI worked closely with the Touch Lives events team and Sandtown Convention Centre to audit the energy usage during the event, and calculate the carbon footprint of the Foundation Celebration concert.

Touch Lives foundation will offset the concert’s carbon output by supporting an Indian Wind Power project.

This particular project, based in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, supplies clean energy for eight villages in the region. Any excess power is fed into the Southern Regional Grid, benefitting a system previously dominated by power generated from fossil fuel plants in the region.

The project benefits the local community and opens employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled workers, and increases income levels and living standards of local people. The project has also encouraged further developments in the area, resulting in broader socio-economic benefits locally.

Edward Carlton, Director of CNI UK Limited, said: “The Indian Wind Power project that the Touch Lives Foundation has chosen to support significantly reduces the dependence on fossil fuels for power generation, thus conserving local natural resources, and generates cleaner and greener power. It is a fantastic project and CNI looks forward to working closely with the Touch Lives Foundation further in the near future.”


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