Boulder, CO (PRWEB) June 17, 2014
Renewable Choice Energy today announced its partnership with two of the stadiums playing host to the World Cup in Brazil this month in their attempt to achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification. The stadiums - Arena Pernambuco and Estiod Beire Riowill – have purchased a total of 10,145,850 kilowatt hours of renewable energy credits (RECS) in order to offset energy use associated with their operations. This REC purchase will help the stadiums earn the EAc6 Green Power Credit for LEED certification.
RECs are the way that green power is tracked and traded in North America and are used by thousands of U.S. and Canadian organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to decrease environmental impact. The RECs purchased by the stadiums are certified by Green-e® Energy, the leading certification program for renewable energy in the U.S.
FIFA, the international organization hosting the tournament, has also committed to offset the impact of the World Cup under its direct control, a significant pledge given that the event is the largest single-sport event in the world. To do so, FIFA has committed to offsetting over 2.7 million metric tons of CO2e through the purchase of verified emissions reductions (VERs) sourced from local Brazilian carbon offset projects, an offset equivalent to 100% of the tournament’s emissions under its direct control. FIFA will also offset the travel of at least 50,000 attendees, and will organize sustainable management courses for stadium managers.
Since its founding in 1998, the USGBC has certified more than 7,000 LEED projects, and approximately 42% of all square footage pursuing LEED certification exists outside the U.S. FIFA’s access to the Brazilian Development Bank’s line of credit — FIFA’s funding source for World Cup stadiums — is conditional on a sustainable construction certification standard.
The event’s commitment to sustainability demonstrates the increasing importance of sustainable design and development around the world.
“We are thrilled to partner with these stadiums that play a significant role in the World Cup,” said Aran Rice, VP of Sales for Renewable Choice. “Becoming involved with such an internationally recognized event is a vital way to raise awareness for both LEED green building practices and the importance of renewable energy around the world.”
About Renewable Choice Energy
Renewable Choice Energy is a leading provider of green power, carbon offsets, sustainability consulting, and renewable energy advisory services. Recognized as a trusted partner to numerous major brands, Renewable Choice has also supplied green power to over 4,000 LEED® certified building projects both domestically and internationally. Renewable Choice was awarded the Green Power Supplier of the Year from the U.S. EPA in 2012 and is a certified B Corporation. To learn more, visit http://www.renewablechoice.com.