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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Renewable Choice Energy Begins Offering Green‑e Climate Certified Carbon Offsets From U.S.–Based Landfill Gas Projects
The latest version of the green-building standard, released today, awards points for use of Green-e certified renewable energy and carbon offsets
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 27, 2014) — Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that Renewable Choice Energy, a retail carbon offset and renewable energy company based in Boulder, Colorado, has begun offering Green‑e® Climate certified carbon offsets. The offsets will be sourced from landfill gas projects registered with the Climate Action Reserve. These projects, which are based in Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by installing gas collection and destruction system at landfill operations.
In addition to offering a certified fixed mix of offsets—Renewable Choice Energy’s new “Green-e Climate Landfill Gas Carbon Offsets”—for the first time, customers will have the option of purchasing Green-e Climate certified offsets from a specific project through Renewable Choice, allowing them greater choice in which projects they support. Renewable Choice has offered renewable energy products certified by Green-e Energy for over a decade.
“We’re so pleased to welcome Renewable Choice into the program. We’re also excited to announce that they will be the first offset provider in the program offering customers the option to choose the specific source of their offsets, which is a new certification option made available this year,” said Todd Jones, manager of Green-e Climate. “The more specific information that customers have about their offsets, the more they can express preferences for project-specific features, and the greater confidence they can have in their purchase.”
“The addition of Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets to our product offerings will allow us to deliver highly credible offsets to our clients, particularly those in the green building space,” said Kris Lotlikar, President of Renewable Choice Energy. “Over the past several years, we have seen increased demand for carbon offsets; our ability to support landfill gas projects as a source of these offsets aligns with our goals as an organization to advance clean energy development and emission reduction strategies.”
By purchasing the Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets offered by Renewable Choice Energy, businesses and consumers 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 also requires 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 also 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.
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