The Royal Netherlands Embassy becomes the first large commercial customer to purchase WGES CleanStepsSM Carbon Offsets; Embassy facility 100% carbon neutral.
The offsets will be matched to 100% of the Embassy’s natural gas usage. With this purchase, the Dutch Embassy becomes a 100% carbon neutral facility. By buying WGES CleanStepsSM Carbon Offsets over the next two years, the Embassy is supporting tree plantings and other carbon reduction projects managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which receives funding for such projects from WGES.
The Royal Netherlands Embassy’s purchase is a continuation of its efforts to become a carbon neutral facility. Last fall, the Embassy committed to purchasing 100% WGES CleanStepsSM WindPower for two years. The full two years of wind and offset purchases will be equivalent to eliminating over 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air – the same as planting 6,400 trees that grow for thirty years, or recycling 1.4 million pounds of solid waste instead of sending it to a landfill.
“Sustainability is our primary goal,” says Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos of The Royal Netherlands Embassy. “The Dutch are committed to sustainability not only in the Netherlands but wherever Dutch missions are located. In Washington, we have several initiatives underway aimed at making us a sustainable neighbor in the D.C. community. Through many small steps, such as our purchases of natural gas matched with carbon offsets and of wind power, we hope to demonstrate to others that it is possible to be carbon neutral.”
The Royal Netherlands Embassy recently joined the U.S. State Department's D.C. Greening Embassies Forum, which provides embassies with the opportunity to share best practices, challenges and experiences on green facility renovations and sustainable business operations for their missions in D.C., as well as information on green initiatives in their home countries.
“The Royal Netherlands Embassy is demonstrating global leadership on important environmental issues and is making a great gesture toward the citizens of our region by supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gases and help the environment here in our nation’s capital.” said Harry Warren, president of WGES. “As the first large customer to enroll in our 100% WGES CleanstepsSM Carbon Offsets natural gas service, the Embassy is setting a great example for other institutions, businesses and individuals in the D.C. region to follow.”
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About The Royal Netherlands Embassy
For more than 400 years, the Netherlands and the United States have been joined by the values of freedom, justice and an entrepreneurial spirit. A vibrant economic force, the Netherlands is also the third largest investor in America and a reliable trade and investment partner to the U.S. The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Dutch Consulates General and Honorary Consuls in the U.S. promote strong bilateral relations between the United States and the Netherlands in the areas of peace and stability; international law; energy and climate; water management; international human rights; and creative industries. The Netherlands and the United States: Two countries, one spirit united by values, history and a vision of the future.
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