First Carbon Neutral Wine Shipping Program Launched by Copper Peak Logistics

Company will offset carbon emissions associated with consumer direct wine shipments

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San Francisco (PRWEB) February 11, 2009

Copper Peak Logistics, a fulfillment and logistics provider for the wine industry, unveiled today the industry's first carbon neutral shipping option. Under this program, Copper Peak will cover the cost to offset carbon emissions associated with its consumer direct wine shipments. Copper Peak clients may also 'opt-in' by making a voluntary, per package financial contribution.

Copper Peak itself will purchase carbon offsets from San Francisco-based offset provider Village Green Energy to ensure that client shipments are not only carbon neutral, but actually carbon negative. Copper Peak and Village Green calculate that the offsets purchased for every 1000 consumer direct wine shipments have the carbon dioxide equivalent of removing one car from the road for a year.

The carbon neutral shipping program complements Copper Peak's other environmental initiatives. The company uses innovative and recycled packaging materials, and powers its California warehouses with renewable energy purchased through Village Green.

"We're very serious about reducing the impact of our business on the environment, and we're taking steps to reduce that impact," said Copper Peak Senior Director Paul Klein. "We're choosing environmentally friendly products where possible, and purchasing offsets and renewable energy to mitigate the impact of our energy use."

Three California wineries have already signed on as participants in Copper Peak's carbon offset program. They include Robert Sinskey Vineyards, PlumpJack Wines and Venge Vineyards.

The carbon offsets purchased through Village Green come from a new carbon-cap-and-trade market that opened in the Northeastern United States called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI requires power plants to hold a carbon permit for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit, and over time the regulators reduce the number of permits available. By purchasing and retiring these RGGI permits, Copper Peak tightens the cap on polluters and forces them to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information about Copper Peak's new carbon neutral shipping program, contact Paul Klein at 415-793-6217 or pk (at) copperpeaklogistics.com.

About Copper Peak Logistics
Copper Peak Logistics is the preeminent third party fulfillment and logistics provider serving the American wine industry. Copper Peak delivers a complete and superior set of supply-chain solutions for wine industry customers to outsource their direct to consumer marketing and shipping functions. Copper Peak is a privately owned company and a member of the Materialogic Supply Chain Alliance, a strategic partnership of supply chain industry providers whose members collaborate to provide total solutions for their clients. For more information, visit http://www.copperpeaklogistics.com.

About Village Green Energy
Village Green Energy helps companies reduce their environmental impact through the purchase of carbon offsets and renewable energy. Village Green has considerable expertise in the wine industry, most notably through its Facebook application, Green My Vino, which enabled Facebook users to help wineries power their operations with renewable energy. Village Green also works with individuals and companies in a range of industries looking to reduce their environmental impact. More information available at: http://www.villagegreenenergy.com.

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