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Sterling Planet Begins Offering Carbon Offsets from Project Approved by Environmental Defense Fund

Posted on 9/10/2008 by in Green-e Climate

Offsets are included on CarbonOffsetList.org, Environmental Defense Fund’s guide to credible, high-quality carbon offset projects

ATLANTA, GA, September 10, 2008 – Sterling Planet, a leading supplier of renewable energy, energy-efficiency products and carbon solutions, today unveiled its new retail offer of carbon offsets recognized for quality by the Environmental Defense Fund. These offsets from the Greenville County Landfill Gas Utilization Project in Greer, S.C., are included on CarbonOffsetList.org, the Environmental Defense Fund’s guide to credible, high-quality carbon offset projects.

To make the list, the South Carolina methane capture and destruction project passed an expert panel’s review using the Environmental Defense Fund’s stringent criteria for quality. These standards require, in part, that a project’s carbon offsets represent real, permanent and third-party certified and verified emission reductions that go beyond a business-as-usual scenario.

Sterling Planet’s source project also bears the stamp of approval from Green-e Climate and the Voluntary Carbon Standard. Green-e Climate has certified these offsets, demonstrating that they meet or exceed strict standards for project verification and measurement, consumer transparency and truth-in-marketing claims. The project itself was developed in accordance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), a robust global benchmark that guarantees project integrity and environmental value. The VCS-certified project began operations in 2007.

“Sterling Planet is proud that our carbon offsets source project has earned the confidence of the Environmental Defense Fund,” said Mel Jones, Sterling Planet President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re honored that the source project passed the excellence screening and has been included among the elite few on CarbonOffsetList.org.”

Carbon offsets are a true environmental commodity representing a measured reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By purchasing these offsets, consumers offset their environmental footprints and stimulate market demand for GHG emission reduction projects, leading to more projects that can help mitigate the effects of atmospheric carbon buildup. Consumers can access Sterling Planet’s online offer of carbon offsets at www.CarbonOffsetList.org, where the Greenville County project appears on an alphabetical project roster.

At the Greenville County Landfill Gas Utilization Project, carbon offsets result from the capture and destruction of methane, preventing its release into the atmosphere. A prevalent greenhouse gas, methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping atmospheric heat.

“Methane is potent but only has a comparatively short atmospheric lifetime of about 12 years,” says Marcus Krembs, Sterling Planet’s Director of Greenhouse Gas Programs. “For these reasons, methane reduction is an effective near-term strategy for controlling greenhouse gas concentrations. We support this strategy with our carbon offsets from a U.S.-based methane project, the first project of its type with Green-e Climate certification.”

About Sterling Planet

Sterling Planet delivers renewable energy, energy-efficiency products and carbon solutions to businesses of all sizes, universities, government agencies, utilities and individual consumers. The company’s sustainability tools include Green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), innovative White Tags® Energy Efficiency Certificates and Verified Emission Reductions from sources worldwide.

Since 2000, Sterling Planet has offered certified RECs from diverse technologies such as wind, solar, biogas, landfill gas energy, biomass and small hydro. Thirteen of the nation’s top 25 renewable energy purchasers, including corporations in the top two rankings, have bought from Sterling Planet. Also served are 85 utilities, 56 colleges and universities, 156 government entities and thousands of consumers. These results contributed to Sterling Planet’s receipt of the 2007 Renewable Energy Marketer of the Year award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Looking to the future, Sterling Planet is building a clean energy pipeline and has more than 400 megawatts of new renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction projects now under development in North America. A U.S. EPA Climate Leaders partner and founding member of The Climate Registry, Sterling Planet adheres to sustainable business practices and has committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its own company operations.

About Environmental Defense Fund and CarbonOffsetList.org

Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Environmental Defense Fund partners with businesses, governments and communities to find practical environmental solutions. CarbonOffsetList.org is Environmental Defense Fund’s guide to credible, high-quality carbon offset projects.

About the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS)

The VCS program provides a robust, new global standard and program for approval of credible voluntary offsets. The VCS program is managed by the VCS Association, which is an independent, non-profit organization registered under Swiss law. The founding partners of the VCS are The Climate Group, the International Emissions Trading Association and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

About Green-e Climate

Green-e Climate is an independent certification program for greenhouse gas emission reductions (offsets) sold on the voluntary market. It provides a way to identify products that meet the program’s high standards for environmental and consumer protection. For more on Green-e Climate certification, see www.green-e.org or call 888.63.GREEN.
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