Monday, July 7, 2008

method's carbon footprint

I've had a few questions concerning more of method's "behind the scenes" environmental works, so to speak. Recently I stumbled upon this interesting case study from eMission Solutions, discussing method's success in offsetting their carbon footprint. Here are the details!

"Client Description
Founded in 2000, Method is the leading innovator of premium home care products. Method can be found in over 20,000 retail locations throughout the US, Canada, and the U.K. Major retailers include Target, Wegman’s, Costco, CVS, Safeway, Albertson’s, Duane Reade, Waitrose, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Our Challenge
Offset 100% of the carbon footprint associated with the electricity and natural gas generation at Method’s corporate headquarters and Chicago office, as well as the electricity needed to make their products at all 13 manufacturing facilities. Method also wanted to offset the carbon emissions associated with their employee commuting and air travel.

Our Solution
Green Mountain Energy Company’s new eMission Solutions™ division helped Method develop and execute a program to offset its carbon footprint from business operations by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) and Forest Sequestration Offsets. Method is taking a comprehensive approach to addressing its carbon footprint. In addition to offsetting electricity and natural gas usage for both its San Francisco and Chicago offices, Method is offsetting all of the electricity used to manufacture products at its 13 facilities around the country. The company is also offsetting all of its employee commuting and travel.

Using Wind Energy to Offset Emissions Associated with Electricity Usage
Wind energy RECs were used to offset the estimated emissions from Method's electricity usage for their corporate headquarters in San Francisco, CA and satellite office in Chicago, IL, as well the electricity used to create their products at 13 different manufacturing locations around the country.

RECs are an innovative means to offset the carbon emissions impact on the environment associated with electricity consumption. By purchasing REC’s, Method is helping to avoid over 950,000 pounds of CO2 emissions in just one year, as much as a car would produce in over 1 million miles of driving. The wind energy credits purchased by Method were sourced from projects located in the Northwestern region of the U.S. With the help of eMission Solutions, Method was able to achieve these important environmental benefits cost effectively, and independently of Method's retail power supply.

Taking Advantage of Forest Sequestration to Neutralize Other Emissions
Trees planted through Green Mountain’s partnership with American Forests will help offset the estimated emissions associated with Method’s natural gas usage at their corporate offices, and employee commuting and air travel. eMission Solutions worked with Method and American Forests to select urban forest projects in Chicago, IL, near Method’s Midwest office, because a good portion of the company’s air travel emissions are generated from flights in and out of Chicago.

Client Testimonial
“Green Mountain Energy Company was instrumental in Method achieving it’s goal of using renewable energy in it’s operations and becoming carbon neutral. Green Mountain brought expertise in mapping a carbon footprint and immersed itself in method’s supply chain to detail exactly where method’s footprint was coming from. Armed with that information, Green Mountain and Method worked together to develop a portfolio of wind power and reforestation projects that fit with Method’s sustainability goals. Green Mountain made the seemingly daunting process of mapping a company’s carbon footprint easier and got Method to renewables faster.”

1 comment:

Felicia said...

how do you find these things? This is amazing.

Anyway, this sounds like a but an older study. We offset the emissions of all of our offiecs including our London and Hong Kong offices. method is 100% carbon neutral.

Gosh your site's great. Keep up the great work!

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