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Advantest Buys RECs to Offset 100% of Electricity Use

To reduce its environmental footprint, Advantest America plans to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) over the next two years to offset 100 percent of the electricity used by its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

Advantest America also has a corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability program in place, which includes ISO 14001 certification for its headquarters facility.

The company also implemented an environmental management system, which focuses on energy conservation, reduction-reuse-recycling of materials, and green product procurement at its Silicon Valley facility. Thanks to these efforts, Advantest has reduced its energy use by up to 30 percent.

Advantest is working in partnership with 3Degrees, a national renewable energy and carbon offset company, and provider of Green-e Certified RECs from renewable energy facilities, to offset its CO2 emissions. Each REC purchased by Advantest America represents one-megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid.

In 2009, 3Degrees sourced National Wind RECs from more than 32 wind farms across the United States.

3Degrees was recently presented with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Non-Utility Green Power Supplier of the Year Award. This is the fourth straight year that 3Degrees has been recognized with a DOE Green Power Leadership Award.

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2 thoughts on “Advantest Buys RECs to Offset 100% of Electricity Use

  1. The CarbonNeutral Company supports companies which reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through direct and indirect reductions. However 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. Per the comment by the Carbon Neutral company above, here are some quick facts on RECs.

    Renewable Energy Certificates represent the legal rights to the environmental benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy, and therefore, when matched with a company’s electricity use, enable organizations or individuals to “green” their electricity and thereby reduce their carbon footprint.

    Leading environmental advocacy nonprofits and environmental government agencies endorse the use of RECs by organizations that want to purchase green power.

    For example:
    •The Union of Concerned Scientists: “Green power is the solution to a cleaner, sustainable energy system… A REC represents the environmental attributes or benefits of renewable electricity generation… Look into becoming a green power consumer today!”
    •The Environmental Defense Fund: “Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs, are a means of supporting the growth of renewable power supplies… Environmental Defense encourages the purchase of renewable energy and RECs as a way to increase energy diversity and foster the growth of the renewable energy market.”
    •The National Resources Defense Council: “RECs represent an investment in future renewable energy generation projects. Instead of buying renewable energy directly from your electricity provider, purchasers of RECs ensure that renewable facilities deliver clean energy into the grid and displace nonrenewable energy sources.”
    •Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “As renewable generators produce electricity, they have a positive impact, reducing the need for fossil fuel-based generation sources to meet consumer demand. RECs embody these positive environmental impacts and convey these benefits to the REC owner.”

    To learn more about RECs, and how they can help accelerate the development of a low-carbon, renewable energy economy, we suggest that you visit the websites of the organizations referenced above, read the EPA Guide to Purchasing Green Power (hwww.epa.gov/greenpower/buygp/guide.htm), and visit the 3Degrees website at http://www.3degreesinc.com.

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