AAR Leads Aviation Services Industry With Renewable Energy Commitment
AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced today that it has purchased Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), equivalent to 100% of the Company’s purchased electricity used across their North American operations, through 2010. This landmark purchase of RECs is the largest to date by an aviation services company among Partners in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Partnership.
An REC purchase ensures that the amount of electricity a company or an individual uses is replaced onto the power grid with renewable electricity. AAR is purchasing 27,500,000 kilowatt hours (KWh) of RECs per year from an array of clean generation sources across the United States that includes wind, biomass and low-impact hydroelectric. These clean resources generate electricity without producing carbon dioxide or other harmful pollutants.
“With the purchase of these RECs, we are taking a major step forward with our environmental initiatives and the support of cutting-edge clean power technologies,” said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR. “In addition, we are reducing the overall amount of power consumed by our North American operations and adopting a greener operating model.”
Based on a national average emissions rate, the U.S. EPA estimates that AAR’s green power purchase of more than 27 million kilowatt hours is the equivalent to avoiding the emissions of more than 3,000 passenger cars each year, or the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 1,700 average American households annually.
“America is shifting to a ‘green culture,’ with more and more businesses understanding that environmental responsibility is everyone’s responsibility,” said Marcus Peacock, EPA’s Deputy Administrator. “The EPA commends AAR CORP. for making a long-term commitment to protecting the environment.”
By buying green power in amounts that exceed the EPA’s purchase requirements, AAR also becomes a member of the Green Power Leadership Club. This distinction is given to organizations that significantly surpass the basic purchase requirements to be included in the Green Power Partnership. AAR will also be listed on the EPA’s 100% Green Power Purchaser list, which is scheduled for its next quarterly update in October.
AAR has chosen Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy as its supplier of RECs. Renewable Choice Energy is a leading national provider of renewable energy that is building the market for clean and renewable sources of energy.
AAR is also expanding its commitment to energy efficiency by utilizing high efficiency fluorescent lights in its U.S. facilities. Other green initiatives including reducing energy consumption, conserving water and recycling scrap material, are designed to provide long-term environmental and financial benefits. In addition, employees are encouraged to read and post on “Green Voices,” AAR’s internal green blog.
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