VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, February 1 /CNW/ - Vancouver, British
Columbia's award-winning Wedgewood Hotel and Spa has entered into an agreement
with Planktos Inc. to purchase sufficient carbon credits to make the Wedgewood
'Carbon Neutral' and zero out all its CO2 emissions. Each Planktos carbon
credit represents one tonne of CO2 that has been removed from the air and
sequestered - put away - for a long, long time. Planktos produces these
credits by restoring vital ecosystems on land and in the sea.
The entire Wedgewood Hotel operation has been estimated to generate
approximately 500 tonnes of CO2 annually based upon its total energy
consumption, and the Wedgewood has contracted to purchase 5,000 tonnes of
carbon credits or a 10-year supply.
CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas driving global warming and
international efforts are now underway to reduce its levels in the atmosphere.
As a signatory of the Kyoto Accord, Canada committed to reduce its emissions
6% below 1990 levels by 2012, yet its current emission levels are actually 30%
higher than 1990.
Since Canada's Kyoto commitments do not obligate small firms or citizens,
the Wedgewood has initiated this Carbon Neutral program and reduced its net
emissions to zero entirely voluntarily, and hopes it will set an example for
other Canadian businesses and industries.
According to general manager Philip Meyer, "the Wedgewood has always been
a good corporate citizen and given the very real threat now posed by climate
change, we have decided to act locally and sensibly for the global good. We
chose CO2 offsets from Planktos because they not only erase our operation's
carbon footprint, they also help restore the sea life, ocean health and
wilderness beauty so valued by Canadian citizens and our discerning clientele.
A good hotel should indulge and enchant its visitor, but it can also help to
educate. We hope our guests leave here with new ideas about aesthetics and
fine cuisine and now environmentally responsible behavior as well."
Planktos CEO Russ George adds, "As longtime admirers of the Wedgewood's
standards of excellence, we at Planktos were both impressed by their
pioneering response to climate change and greatly gratified that they chose
ecorestoration as the most beneficial and cost-effective solution. Since the
Wedgewood entertains so many prominent and influential figures, we believe
their decision to lead the hotel world into the climate fight will reverberate
far and wide. This will not only earn them yet another trend-setting
distinction, it can help publicize the climatic healing power of ecosystem
renewal internationally. Considering our current need for urgent worldwide
response, it will hopefully also remind the entire travel industry it has a
very special role to play."
Planktos, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Solar Energy Limited
(OTCB: SLRE) soon to be acquired by Diatom Corp (OTCBB: DTMC). Solar has
reached agreement with Diatom to sell Planktos, Inc. to Diatom for a majority
interest in the shares of Diatom after which Diatom intends to change its name
to Planktos Corp.
For further information:
For further information: Wedgewood Hotel and Spa Philip Meyer,
604-689-7777 email@example.com or Planktos, Inc. David Kubiak,
650-638-1975 #203 firstname.lastname@example.org