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Becker Underwood Buys RECs to Offset 100% of Electricity Use

Becker Underwood plans to reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting 100 percent of its electricity use by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) that fund wind farm development. The producer of specialty bio-agronomic and colorant products plans to purchase 7,851,879 kilowatt hours of RECs annually for three years from Renewable Choice Energy.

The REC purchases will also help the company prevent a similar amount of CO2 emissions produced by nearly 762 passenger vehicles annually or the electricity use of 518 average American homes.

Becker Underwood says its purchase of RECs will help ensure that the equivalent of the company’s electricity consumption is put back onto the grid from wind power sources.

Renewable Choice RECs are third-party certified by Green-e Energy.

“Becker Underwood is not a large consumer of electricity but as an organization that believes strongly in sustainable business practices investing in clean energy through the purchase of REC’s is a great way to demonstrate our commitment to a cleaner energy future,” said Daniel Krohn, Sustainability Lead for Becker Underwood.

Becker Underwood, together with Amson Technology and Perspectives GmbH, helped develop the first agricultural methodology for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, approved by the United Nations. The methodology will be used to design projects that eliminate the use of synthetic nitrogen on legumes like soybeans and cowpeas.

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3 thoughts on “Becker Underwood Buys RECs to Offset 100% of Electricity Use

  1. The CarbonNeutral Company applauds the initiative of Becker Underwood to reduce its carbon footprint. While we support Becker Underwood’s efforts in this regard, we would like point out that Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are not the same as carbon credits and therefore should not be used to neutralize or offset one’s greenhouse gas emissions. As made clear in the Offset Quality Initiative’s paper, “Maintaining Carbon Integrity: Why Renewable Energy Certificates Are Not Offsets”, RECs often lack additionality and clear ownership, making them inadequate for offsetting. The CarbonNeutral Company is a strong supporter of renewable energy, and believes that is has a critical role to play in addressing climate change however we do not advocate the use of RECs for carbon offsetting purposes – that is what carbon credits are for.

  2. As the sustainability manager for a manufacturing company that’s purchasing carbon offsets for all Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions, I welcome Becker Underwood’s intent with their REC purchase. However, I agree with Mr. LaCroix comments that we must confuse RECs with carbon offsets. I’m a big fan of renewable energy but believe that carbon offsets are a superior option until I can build my own on-site renewables source. In the meantime, I’ve chosen to pay the higher price for carbon offsets because they’re more meaningful.

  3. Becker Underwood is not taking the stance that this is a way to offset our carbon footprint. We view the purchase of REC’s as an investment in renewable energy capacity. We know that this does not fundamentally change our footprint and we do not intend to use this as a means to do so. The same can be said about carbon offsets. The intent is good behind both mechanisms. Our view is that both REC’s and Offsets have their own issues but both contribute to indirectly reducing emissions; whether this through the preservation of rainforests, sequestration of CO2 in soils or reducing the amount of GHG’s produced from burning coal by investing in renewable capacity. Both are achieving the same goal and that is reducing GHG’s going into the atmosphere. GHG’s have no boundaries and affect everyone equally. I applaud you for your investments in offset projects as a way of doing your part as a business or as an individual to mitigate the effects of climate change.
    Thank you for your comments and pointing out that it is only through these types of investments that will we all make the world a cleaner place for future generations.

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