First Environment President to Present at International Climate Change Conference in Montreal

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Tod Delaney, Ph.D., president of First Environment, Inc., will present at several side events being held at the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP-11), the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Tod Delaney, Ph.D., president of First Environment, Inc., will present at several side events being held at the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP-11), the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Delaney is a recognized expert in greenhouse gas management and has been involved in international environmental policy development for nearly two decades. Greenhouse gas has been determined to be one of the major contributors to global warming and climate change. First Environment is a recognized specialist in emissions verification.

In his role as chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Delaney will be the moderator at an event on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) reform. The Clean Development Mechanism is one the “flexible mechanisms” or policy tools included in the Kyoto Protocol that encourages developing countries to lower their greenhouse gas emissions through reduction projects.

During the COP, Delaney also will join an expert panel that will discuss the new voluntary international standard series ISO 14064 for greenhouse gas accounting and verification.

“Climate change is one of the most important issues of the 21st century,” said Delaney. “I’m pleased that I and the First Environment team will be able to make a contribution to the worldwide discussion and decision-making about this critical topic.”

Delaney and other senior executives from First Environment also will participate in a number of other special events sponsored by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), and the Environmental Markets Association (EMA). First Environment recently joined IETA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of effective systems for the trading of greenhouse gas emissions by businesses. First Environment will be an exhibitor at IETA’s Carbon Market Days at the COP, Dec. 3-5.

Delaney’s involvement in environmental policy and climate change includes helping to develop the standards for environmental reporting, the creation of standards for verifying greenhouse gas emissions, promoting renewable energy and sustainable practices that foster the “triple bottom line” for companies. The triple bottom line refers to a way of measuring corporate success by assessing financial, environmental and social performance. His recent efforts to promote clean development and emissions management include two speaking engagements. In August, he spoke at a conference on renewable energy, and in November, he gave a presentation in Brazil to industrial members of the Brazilian Standards Organization on the ISO 14064 Climate Change standards.

The COP 11, to be held in Montreal, Canada from November 28 to December 9, 2005, is expected to draw more than 10,000 participants, the largest number since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997. The Kyoto Protocol went into effect this year, and the Montreal sessions also include the first Meeting of the Parties (MOP 1) involving the signatories to the treaty.

About First Environment

First Environment is a global strategic environmental management and engineering consulting firm headquartered in Boonton, New Jersey. The firm is widely recognized for its creative and economically viable approaches to resolving environmental challenges faced by private and public sector clients.

First Environment has earned international recognition as an authority on emerging environmental issues based on the firm’s involvement in international greenhouse gas standards development, endorsement of the CERES principles, and designation as the first environmental consulting firm in the Western Hemisphere to obtain ISO 14001 certification for its own EMS. For more information, go to the firm’s website.

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