Ontario Liberals to run carbon neutral campaign

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - As part of their ongoing effort to combat global
warming, Ontario Liberals are organizing their 2007 election campaign to run
carbon neutral.
    "We're running a carbon neutral campaign to do our part in the fight
against climate change, and because it's important for all of us to recognize
individual efforts matter," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    By conserving energy and buying carbon offsets the Liberal campaign will
balance the emissions associated with the leader's travel, including his
campaign tour bus, and electricity and energy used in the campaign
headquarters and every candidate's office.
    The campaign will also provide each Liberal candidate with carbon credits
to offset 5 tonnes of CO2 per riding, and an online calculator to show the
progress each riding makes in reducing and offsetting carbon.
    Campaign headquarters will sport red boxes for battery recycling, green
bins for diverting organic waste and of course blue boxes for paper and
newspapers, plastic, glass, cardboard, and other products. Campaign literature
will be printed on recycled paper.
    Campaign staff will also conserve energy by turning off computers,
televisions, office equipment and lights when not in use.
    The campaign will be using the newest and cleanest buses available,
running on ultra low sulphur diesel with 2007 engines that significantly
reduce emissions that cause smog (significantly less particulate matter and
significantly less nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions).
    Emission reductions and carbon offsets will be monitored and verified by
two leading Canadian offset companies based in Toronto - CarbonZero and
    "This is a small but an important example of what we can do," said Greg
Sorbara, Ontario Liberal campaign chair. "We all have a duty to act to fight
climate change, including political parties."

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For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 358-6291

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