Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Climate Registry Designates Seattle Cty Light a Sustainable Leader with Registered(tm) Status
4/25/2013 9:26:00 AM
Scott Thomsen (206) 386-4233
Utility has Offset all its Carbon Emissions since 2005
SEATTLE – For the second consecutive year, Seattle City Light achieved Climate Registered™ status by successfully measuring its carbon footprint, according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program. The utility then has a third party verify and report the data on The Registry’s website.
City Light joins about 125 other leading organizations across North America in adopting a truly sustainable approach to doing business.
Measuring its carbon footprint with The Registry allows City Light to prepare for future regulation, identify inefficiencies and the potential for cost savings, and provide real and meaningful data to their customers and/or shareholders about their environmental performance.
“As a hydroelectric-based utility, we are well aware of the potential impacts of climate change, and the potential for reducing the snowpack we count on to supply water for our dams in the summer,” Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “That’s why we are committed to doing what we can to limit our impact on the environment and help our customers to do the same.”
“Having a third-party organization like The Climate Registry verify our carbon emissions shows customers they can have confidence in City Light’s environmental stewardship efforts,” Carrasco said.
City Light has offset all its carbon emissions since 2005, the first utility in the nation to achieve carbon neutral status.
“Climate Registered organizations understand that there are both environmental and economic benefits to understanding and managing your carbon footprint,” said David Rosenheim, executive director of The Climate Registry. “Seattle City Light has become part of a powerful community of Climate Registered organizations, with substantive data guiding and supporting its sustainable activities.”
About The Climate Registry
The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America supported by states, provinces, territories and tribes. The Climate Registry helps hundreds of public and private organizations measure, report and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with integrity.
About Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.