VANCOUVER, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - As Canada's leading carbon management
solutions provider, Offsetters created a customized offset portfolio
for Groupe Aeroplan, a leading global loyalty management company, to
facilitate Groupe Aeroplan's ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality
and offset 100 percent of its direct carbon footprint in 2010.
"As a growing company, we are grateful for the confidence Groupe
Aeroplan has in Offsetters to create a customized offset portfolio that
resonates with their vision of positive change through the power of
partnership," says CEO James Tansey. "Our strength as an organization
comes from being provided with the mandate by our many clients to go
out and find projects that truly make a difference locally and
internationally with regards to climate change."
"When we work with clients like Groupe Aeroplan, we become their
partners in helping manage their carbon footprint and reach their goals
to become carbon neutral," says Tansey. "This close working
relationship is critical to our success in finding the right projects."
Offset projects within Groupe Aeroplan's carbon offset portfolio
custom-created by Offsetters include:
Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada: a biomass boiler and heat curtain installation in a greenhouse that
displaces fossil fuel input and reduces the need to import food from
Saint-Félicien, Quebec, Canada: a biomass burner installation project at wood pellet manufacturer,
Granules LG, which utilizes residues from the wood pellet manufacturing
process in place of natural gas. The project was brought to market by
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: landfill gas capture and flare for the region's solid waste commission
to avoid emissions from methane which have a global warming potential
over twenty times greater than carbon dioxide.
Lee County, Florida, USA: a waste to energy facility project that avoids landfill waste-generated
methane and creates renewable electrical power to the local grid in
place of fossil fuelled power.
Uganda: efficient cookstoves project that replaces conventional cookstoves with
more efficient stoves which use improved combustion efficiency
technology that reduces fuel wood consumption by approximately 50%
compared to baseline. This new technology will greatly improve indoor
air quality which will potentially positively impact respiratory
health, birth weights and mortality rates.
The distribution of the new low emission household cookstoves in Uganda
has added importance for Offsetters as they are the first Canadian
company to co-develop a Gold Standard cookstove project in Africa.
Offsetters has also partnered with Groupe Aeroplan in its continued
participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project, an independent
international effort that collects high quality carbon footprint
information from corporations worldwide. In addition, the company took
part in the Prince of Wales May Day initiative in the United Kingdom
and issued a greenhouse gas emissions report for analytical use to help
reduce the company's overall footprint.
"We have been a carbon neutral company for the last two years and we
remain fully committed to our carbon neutral status, despite our rapid
international expansion," said Rupert Duchesne, President and CEO of
Groupe Aeroplan. "We are pleased to work with Canada's leading carbon
management solutions provider to ensure we invest in only top quality
offset projects in Canada and abroad."
Along with Groupe Aeroplan, Offsetters works with industry leaders large
and small including Harbour Air Seaplanes, the largest floatplane
operator in the world, Vancity, Pacific Carbon Trust, FortisBC and A&W
Foodservices of Canada.
Offsetters is a leading carbon management solutions provider based in
Vancouver, BC, helping individuals and companies understand, reduce and
offset their climate impact. In 2009, Offsetters was selected as the
first ever official supplier of carbon offsets in the history of the
Olympic movement for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games. In 2009 Offsetters was also selected by the Pacific Carbon Trust
as the largest initial supplier of carbon offsets to the BC Crown
Corporation. Founded in 2005, Offsetters invests in high-quality
projects that achieve tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
that have happened with its involvement. For more information, visit www.offsetters.ca.
About Groupe Aeroplan
Groupe Aeroplan Inc., a global leader in loyalty management, owns
Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, Carlson
Marketing, an international loyalty marketing services, engagement and
events provider, as well as Nectar, the United Kingdom's largest
coalition loyalty program. Groupe Aeroplan also operates LMG Insight &
Communication, an international customer-driven insight and data
analytics business. In addition, Groupe Aeroplan has majority equity
positions in Air Miles Middle East and Nectar Italia as well as a
minority position in Club Premier, Mexico's leading coalition loyalty
program. For more information about Groupe Aeroplan, please visit www.groupeaeroplan.com.
SOURCE Offsetters Clean Technology
For further information:
Melanie Wong, Offsetters: 604-699-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Meier, Groupe Aeroplan: 514-205-7028 or Michele.Meier@groupeaeroplan.com