Shaughnessy Renews Environmental Commitments

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Missouri-based distribution company continues to balance its environmental impact by offsetting its corporate electricity use and 100 percent of its carbon emissions from company’s fleet of delivery trucks

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Shaughnessy's commitment demonstrates environmental responsibility and industry leadership

Shaughnessy Kniep Hawe, a distribution company that markets printing papers, business communication papers and graphic supplies to commercial printers, corporations, publishing companies, and government agencies, announced it has renewed its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint through its partnership with Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy. Since 2008, Shaughnessy has reduced its carbon emissions by offsetting 100 percent of the electricity it uses at their ten locations with the purchase of 1,478,920 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs). In addition, Shaughnessy is continuing its commitment to take responsibility for 100 percent of the emissions generated from its delivery fleet of 16 trucks by purchasing carbon offsets.

With this purchase, Shaughnessy helps avoid a similar amount of CO2 emissions produced by nearly 290 passenger vehicles annually or the electricity use of 197 average American homes.

“We believe that making environmentally responsible corporate decisions is both good for our business and our planet, and is a reflection of the culture of our company. By supporting renewable energy and carbon mitigation projects we are balancing our carbon footprint and leading by example. It is something we believe in even in these tough economic times,” said Ed Kniep IV, president and COO of Shaughnessy Kniep Hawe.

"Shaughnessy’s commitment demonstrates environmental responsibility and industry leadership,” said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice Energy. “This organization is helping bring awareness to opportunities available to businesses today to help reduce their carbon footprints. Shaughnessy is setting an example by promoting corporate action and change in our energy infrastructure with their support of renewable energy and carbon reduction projects.”

Shaughnessy is also certified by its industry’s most recognized environmental corporate compliance certifications, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification , Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC). FSC and SFI are focused on chain of custody (CoC) certification, which documents the entire path taken by a tree from the forest, to the mill, to the merchant, to the printer, and to the end-use consumer. This effort takes environmentally minded paper past simply recycling. This is an effort to reduce illegal deforestation, which has an effect on both the ecological landscape, and indigenous people.

How Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) Work
Renewable energy facilities generate renewable energy credits (RECs) when they produce electricity. Purchasing these credits is the widely accepted way to address the environmental footprint of your electricity consumption. Purchasing RECs at the same quantity as your electricity consumption guarantees that the energy you use is added to the power grid from a renewable energy facility and supports the further development of these facilities. Renewable Choice RECs are third-party certified by Green-e Energy. More at

How Carbon Offsets (VERs) Work
Verified emission reductions (VERs), also known as carbon offsets, are designed for individuals and companies looking to reduce the environmental impact of their flying, driving, and some heating and manufacturing methods with real, verified and permanent carbon reductions. A VER is a commodity sold to finance carbon reduction projects, such as landfill methane capture and destruction, and represents the reduction of carbon dioxide or its equivalent. Renewable Choice VERs are verified by American Carbon Registry or Voluntary Carbon Standard, depending on location and application.

About Shaughnessy Kniep Hawe
Headquartered in St. Louis, Shaughnessy Kniep Hawe Paper Company is a leading independent fine paper merchant with over 125 years experience serving customers throughout the central region of the United States from ten locations. Shaughnessy Kniep Hawe is dedicated to promoting sustainable business practices, aligning with responsible suppliers and providing clients with a range of environmentally-friendly products.

About Renewable Choice Energy
Renewable Choice Energy is a leading national provider of greenhouse gas measurement services, energy efficiency solutions, renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets to hundreds of Fortune 500 Companies and small businesses, thousands of residential customers, and over 1000 LEED green building projects in the U.S. Founded in 2001, Boulder-Colo.-based Renewable Choice and its clients have received prestigious awards from the EPA and DOE for supporting and expanding the renewable energy market and have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA TODAY, and more.


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