We are proud to announce that in 2022 all of our boxes in the US will be assembled using renewable energy. Although our first goal is always reduction, we are happy to be supporting the renewable energy market through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
We’ve reduced our business’ environmental impact by contracting to purchase renewable energy certificates, or “RECs.” RECs allow us to match 100% of the electricity used in our US facilities and office. This step reduces our electricity-based carbon footprint by 1,779 tons of CO2.
This is the equivalent of planting 56,572 tree seedlings for 10 years, taking 721 cars off the road for one year, or not using 7,859 barrels of oil, and it’s just one of the many ways we’re working towards building a more sustainable company as we scale and grow for the future.
Interested to learn more about how RECs work?
When electricity is produced from a renewable generator, such as a wind turbine, there are two products: the energy, which is delivered to the grid and mixes with other forms of energy, and the REC. When renewable energy is delivered to the grid, it cannot be distinguished from energy from non-renewable sources. The REC is a way to track the renewable electricity and is like a receipt for owning the environmental benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy. RECs allow individuals and businesses to support renewable energy development and help to make renewable energy projects financially viable while lowering carbon footprints.
This purchase is an important step on our company’s sustainability path and is in addition to other measures, like being carbon neutral. Moving forward we plan to reduce our energy usage in our facilities. Read more about our goals and accomplishments in our Sustainability Report.
[Optional extra: Residential power users can buy RECs too. Visit your utility’s website and search for “green power” or “renewable” to see what options you have for your home.]