The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Diamond Packaging for making a positive environmental impact by purchasing renewable wind energy for 100% of its electrical energy requirements from Community Energy. The company’s green power purchase, along with those of other Green Power Partners, reduces the risks of climate change associated with electricity generation by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities.
Environmental stewardship is an essential component of our mission and corporate values, with this purchase being just the latest demonstration of our ongoing commitment.
As more wind energy is added to the electric grid, less conventional forms of energy are used, resulting in cleaner air and a healthier environment. At a time when decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels has never been more important, U.S. wind energy potential is estimated at more than twice the total electricity generated from all sources in America today, and this resource will never run out.
Green Power Defined
Green power is a subset of renewable energy and represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit. EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. Customers often buy green power for avoided environmental impacts and its greenhouse gas reduction benefits.
Green power sources produce electricity with an environmental profile superior to conventional power technologies and produce no anthropogenic (human caused) greenhouse gas emissions. EPA requires that green power sources must also have been built since the beginning of the voluntary market (1/1/1997) in order to support “new” renewable energy development.
Renewable energy includes resources that rely on fuel sources that restore themselves over short periods of time and do not diminish. Such fuel sources include the sun, wind, moving water, organic plant and waste material (biomass), and the earth’s heat (geothermal). Although the impacts are small, some renewable energy technologies have an impact on the environment. For example, large hydroelectric resources can have environmental trade-offs associated with issues such as fisheries and land use.
Conventional power includes the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) and the nuclear fission of uranium. Fossil fuels have environmental costs from mining, drilling, or extraction, and emit greenhouse gases and air pollution during combustion. Although nuclear power generation emits no greenhouse gases during power generation, it does require mining, extraction, and long-term radioactive waste storage.
For more information on green power, visit the EPA website.
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