June 2006 - The World Bank Group (WBG) announced that it will become "carbon neutral" in its Washington, DC headquarters offices, support facilities, and business travel. The carbon neutrality will be achieved through the purchase of 107 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs), representing 100% of the WBG's annual local electricity usage, and the purchase of 59,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in verified emissions reductions (VERs) from projects in developing countries. The RECs are being supplied by WindCurrent, which sells a Green-e certified "green tag" product sourced from wind projects in the Mid-Atlantic region.
News Release - On World Environment Day–World Bank Group Goes Carbon Neutral - No longer online at Wolrd Bank
WBG Contact: Sergio Jellinek, (202) 458-2841
April 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released its list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers. The U.S. Air Force leads the list with annual renewable energy purchases of 321 million kWh for Air Force bases across the country, followed by Johnson & Johnson (241 million kWh), EPA (221 million kWh), The World Bank (85 million kWh) and the U.S. General Services Administration, Region 2 (76 million kWh).
The Green Power Partnership is an EPA voluntary program working to standardize green power procurement as part of best practice in environmental management. Partners in the program pledge to switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs in return for EPA technical assistance and public recognition.
News Release - EPA Releases List of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers
Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231
Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004
January 2005 - The World Bank announced that it will purchase renewable energy to meet 100% of the electricity needs of its Washington D.C. office. Under an agreement with Maryland-based WindCurrent, the Bank will purchase 85 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for one year sourced from wind energy facilities located in the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. The Bank's renewable energy commitment is part of an overall "Greening Program" established by its General Services Department to focus on sustainable development within the organization.
News Release - World Bank To Purchase 100 Percent Renewable Energy For Headquarters - No longer online at World Bank
World Bank Contacts: Sergio Jellinek (202) 458-2841; Tracey Osborne (202) 473-4033
Windcurrent Contact: Jim Maguire (410) 484-5079