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WGL Energy's Carbon Offsets Achieve Green-e Climate Certification

Commercial customers’ offsets can now earn points toward LEED certification

SOURCE: Center for Resource Solutions

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that WGL Energy Services’ carbon offsets for commercial customers have been Green-e® Climate certified.

WGL Energy Services is one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region. Its Carbon Offsets are locally sourced from the Henrico County Landfill Gas Combustion Project, which captures and destroys methane from the Springfield Road Landfill located in Henrico County, Va. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill by installing gas collection and destruction systems that destroy the landfill gas in an on-site power generation facility, and transmits the resulting electricity to the grid. It is validated by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

“By purchasing certified carbon offsets through WGL Energy Services, companies can help reduce emissions from a large contributor to greenhouse gases in the U.S.—municipal landfills,” said Todd Jones, Green-e Climate manager. “We are excited to work with WGL Energy Services as they provide this important option to their large commercial customers.”

Commercial customers can choose to offset activities such as business travel or corporate events, or can match any portion of their natural gas usage with carbon offsets. In addition, customers purchasing Green-e Climate certified offsets can use them to earn points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification on new and existing buildings.

“WGL Energy Services is dedicated to helping our customers reduce their carbon footprint and achieve their sustainability goals,” said Laura Pagliarulo, Green Products manager. “By purchasing Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets, businesses can be confident that they are aiding the development of projects that wouldn’t have otherwise been built, leading to real reductions in emissions from landfills in the U.S.”

Green-e Climate is an independent certification and consumer-protection program requiring that carbon offsets include greenhouse gas emission reductions that have been verified according to strict project-level certification programs that ensure the emissions reductions have taken place, are permanent, and come from projects that would not have happened under a “business as usual” scenario. Green-e Climate verifies that reductions have been correctly and exclusively delivered as advertised, based on a yearly audit of a seller’s supply and sales. Sellers of certified offsets must provide customers with a carbon offset content label or project-specific information that explains where the reductions were sourced from, along with other important disclosures.

 

About WGL Energy Services
WGL Energy is an entity that delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.) and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.). To learn more about Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy visit www.wglenergy.com/commercialoffsets or call 703-793-7533.

About Green‑e and Center for Resource Solutions
A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green‑e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green‑e offers certification and verification services through Green‑e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green‑e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green‑e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green‑e Certified products and programs available in all 50 states and Canada, visit www.green‑e.org.

 

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©2015 Center for Resource Solutions. For more information, see us at www.resource-solutions.org or call 415-561-2100.

Contact Info:

Jeff Swenerton
Center for Resource Solutions
+1 (415) 561-2119
jeff@resource-solutions.org

Ruben Rodriguez
WGL Energy Services
+1 (202) 624-6620

KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Awards and Recognition, WGES, WGL Energy Services, climate change, carbon offset, Green-e, green-e climate, certification, Washington D.C., Center for Resource Solutions

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TerraPass Teams Up With College Football Playoff At The First-Ever National Championship Game

Together They Tackle Carbon Emissions to Reduce the Game’s Environmental Impact

SOURCE: TerraPass

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Houston, TX, January 9, 2015 /3BL Media/ – TerraPass is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the College Football Playoff (CFP) to mitigate and reduce the emissions associated with the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, hosted at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas on Monday, January 12, 2015.  This is one of several sustainable best practices that the CFP has implemented under Playoff Green to reduce the game’s environmental impact.

In addition to implementing  solid waste recycling, water conservation messaging, tree planting, and material repurposing on game day, AT&T Stadium will be “green” powered through the use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) provided by TerraPass. This is all part of the Playoff Green push.  The RECs used at the championship game are being generated locally by wind farms in Texas.  In addition, TerraPass is balancing all the flight emissions for both teams traveling to Texas by supporting a local landfill carbon offset project.

“Colleges and universities are leading the way across America to reduce their carbon impact on the environment,” says Christopher Duzich, Vice President, TerraPass.  “We are proud to partner with the CFP to balance the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.  Part of our mission at Terrapass is to broaden awareness, and continue to offset sporting events.”

The College Football Playoff in partnership with TerraPass will offset the emissions for more than 1.5 million passenger flight miles for the national championship game. That is enough to fly over 92,000 football fields. The emissions from the air travel and the energy used on game day will be equivalent to the CO2 emissions of more than 20,000 propane tanks for tailgating barbeques.

“Colleges and universities are on the leading edge of sustainability across the country,” said Jack Groh, CFP’s Sustainability Consultant. “We have a responsibility to our audience, to the local host community and to the environment to do what we can create a positive ‘green’ impact surrounding our events.”

Measuring and identifying ways to balance its carbon footprint—by funding emission reduction projects and renewable energy—is a comprehensive way to take action and lower the environmental impact of a large event such as the College Football Playoff National Championship!

 

About TerraPass
TerraPass, a provider of sustainable carbon emissions solutions since 2004, is one of Just Energy Group’s green energy initiatives that can help us all work towards a cleaner planet by pursuing sustainable solutions to climate change. We support projects throughout North America that destroy greenhouse gases and produce renewable energy. The TerraPass products and services provide consumers and businesses with the options and ability to help them reduce the environmental impact of their everyday activities through carbon offsets and renewable energy credits.

Learn more at www.terrapass.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. TerraPass is a registered trade name of Just Energy Resources LLC.

 

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff began with the 2014-15 season.  The semifinals matched the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 faced No. 3 in the semifinal games that rotated annually among the Peach Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.  The first semifinals were held on January 1, 2015, at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game will be January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

For more information, please contact Ana Fiotte at TerraPass: Phone 305-434-2208 or email afiotte@terrapass.com.

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Contact Info:

Ana Fiotte
TerraPass
+1 (305) 434-2208
afiotte@terrapass.com

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Climate Update: Are We Making Progress?

SOURCE: Green Builder Media

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There has been surprisingly scant news this week about the COP20 climate meetings that are taking place in Lima, but the fragments of intelligence passed along to me by colleagues in attendance indicate that hopes remain high that negotiators are making progress towards a global climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As intended, the recent agreement between the U.S. and China, whereby the U.S. committed to cut emissions by 28% by 2025 and China pledged to reach peak emissions by 2030, is compelling other countries to set similar targets.

India, the world’s third largest carbon emitter, is under mounting scrutiny. To date, India has committed to reduce emissions 20-25% per unit of GDP below 2005 levels by 2020. However, experts criticize that this level of action isn’t aggressive enough. And, with China’s absolute commitment target to peak its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (the first of its kind by an “emerging” economy), India is feeling mounting pressure to announce a climate strategy and clear emission reductions targets.

In response, it is expected that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will pledge to boost the nation’s solar power capacity five-fold to 100 gigawatts by 2030, introducing tariffs for solar power that would help increase the country’s solar energy share from 6% to 15%. It has also been reported that Modi is exploring an emissions peak for his country by 2035.

While a high panel has been appointed to advise the Modi government on integrated power sector reform and three top think-tanks in India have been commissioned to analyze GHG emissions trajectories, experts don’t expect a breakthrough declaration from India this week.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Energy, China, People’s Climate March, COP20, climate change, the climate group, Green Builder Media

 

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GlobalView: Climate Change in Perspective

By The Editors || Bloomberg View

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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The debate over climate change, unlike climate change itself, seems to be stuck.  Let’s see if we can get it moving.

The arguments are mainly over three issues:
whether climate change exists,
what casuses it,
and what to do about it.

The first two questions are controversial but shouldn’t be. And the third would generate honest debate even if there were agreement about the first two. But viable solutions to the crisis aren’t hard to find.

Please view the full, interactive article at BloombergView.com.

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 315,000 subscribers globally.  For more information, visit www.bloomberg.com.

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