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Seattle City Light measures carbon footprint, registers with Climate Registry


From the May 3, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 3, 2013

For the second consecutive year, Seattle City Light achieved "climate registered" status by successfully measuring its carbon footprint, according to the not-for-profit Climate Registry. 

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," the municipal utility said.

"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," said Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco. "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 said it has offset all its carbon emissions since 2005 and is the first utility in the nation to achieve carbon-neutral status.

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