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United States Green Building Council recognizes new approach to gain green power credits; carbon credits go above and beyond traditional renewable energy credits to support renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Michigan, U.S.A., 27 April 2010: Haworth Inc, a global leader in the design and manufacture of office furniture and organic workspaces, is the first company to use carbon credits from a renewable energy project to achieve green power credits for LEED-NC (New Construction) Gold certification instead of renewable energy credits (RECs). This new approach to help achieve certification has been recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Haworth purchased high quality, carbon credits from The CarbonNeutral Company, a world-leading carbon offset and carbon management business, over RECs, to reduce the climate impact of its corporate headquarters in Michigan – One Haworth Center. The carbon credits offer real, quantifiable green house gas (GHG) emissions reductions from renewable energy projects which would not have existed without carbon finance.
To date, project managers have only used RECs to achieve green power credits needed for the LEED-NC certification. However, there is growing consensus among NGO’s and policy makers that carbon credits offer more tangible benefits to stimulate investment in renewable energies and reducing carbon emissions than RECs.
Steve Kooy, Senior Environment Engineer from Haworth explains why they chose this alternative path to achieve LEED-NC Gold certification, “By investing in carbon credits from projects that need carbon finance to exist we are supporting the growth of additional renewable energy capacity on the grid while at the same time ensuring that net GHG emissions are lower. With the recognition of this alternative path by the USGBC we expect that more companies will now choose this approach – especially given the increased emphasis that LEED has recently placed on mitigating climate change.”
Neil Braun, CEO, The CarbonNeutral Company said, “We applaud Haworth in achieving this significant step of being the first company to integrate carbon credits into its energy planning to help achieve LEED Gold certification. This is an important tool in reducing the carbon emissions associated with the built environment beyond what can be accomplished on site.”
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Notes to Editors
Haworth, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of office furniture and organic workspaces, including raised access floors, moveable walls, systems furniture, seating, storage and wood casegoods. Family-owned and privately held, Haworth is headquartered in Holland, Michigan, and serves markets in more than 120 countries through a global network of 600 dealers. The company had net sales of US $1.65 billion in 2008. www.haworth.com & www.organicworkspaces.com.