Tuesday, 20 September 2011 13:12

Train Travel Gets Even More Green

 

 

Carbonfund.org and Amtrak Partner to Allow Passengers to Offset Carbon Emissions from Train Travel

Silver Spring, MD, December 17, 2007 – Carbonfund.org and Amtrak are pleased to announce that every passenger traveling with Amtrak now has the option to offset the carbon emissionscaused by their train trip, making what is already a green travel decision even greener.

Choosing to travel by rail is already a greener travel option, per passenger mile, than travelling either by car or plane. The average CO2 emissions per passenger mile travelling by rail are .18kg, compared with .21kg for car travel and .35kg for air travel. See a comparison of the carbon emissions caused by rail, car, and plane travel here.

“Rail travel is already recognized as a more sustainable travel option in countries around the world. We hope this partnership with Amtrak will lead people to take a second look at choosing rail travel in this country, too.” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “Amtrak is helping to make an extremely sustainable travel option even greener for millions of people. We’re pleased to have Amtrak join us in leading the fight against global warming.”

“By choosing to travel by rail, Amtrak passengers are already a step ahead because the carbon footprint generated by their trip is smaller than that of most other modes of transportation,” said Roy Deitchman, Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety for Amtrak. “Because it is more energy efficient, traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than either cars or airplane. Rail travel also helps to reduce highway congestion in major urban centers.”

In addition to other energy-saving initiatives, Amtrak has committed to a 6 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from its diesel locomotive fleet from 2003-2010. Amtrak is a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange.

About Amtrak
Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 21,000-mile route system. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com.

About Carbonfund.org 
Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsetsenable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 400 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme.

 

 

Beyong the Organic Label, Florida Crystals and Carbonfund.org Partner to Introduce Organic Sugar Line to Carbon-Conscious Consumers

Silver Spring, MD – March 19, 2008 – Carbonfund.org and Florida Crystals Corporation today announced the CarbonFree® certification of Florida Crystals Organic Sugar, marking a growing trend of businesses that are bringing carbon-conscious consumerism directly to their customers and a growing number of eco-conscious consumers who scrutinize food production methods and seek products that minimize climate impact.

The average American consumes approximately 107 pounds of sugar a year, according to a 2003-2004 United States Department of Agriculture Food Intake Survey.  With a new line of sugar that offers an organic and CarbonFree option, consumers can take a further step to combat global warming even at the grocery store. Meanwhile, A new study shows that roughly half of all consumers now consider questions of sustainability in their purchasing decisions, with particular focus on the food and beverage industry.

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Carbonfund.org certified Florida Crystals organic sugar CarbonFree after a rigorous life cycle analysis (LCA) performed by Europe’s premier carbon management consultants, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management. They determined the product’s carbon footprint by assessing the primary inputs of planting and growing the sugar cane, through the harvesting, milling and packaging processes, to the product’s final delivery to store shelves. Each product’s carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures, specifically, through Florida Crystals’ production of renewable energy.

CarbonFree product certification entails four main steps:
● Determine the product’s carbon footprint through an LCA
● Certify and register the product as CarbonFree
● Offset the product’s footprint through the support of greenhouse gas reduction projects
● Conduct annual review and recertification

“CarbonFree certification and labeling is the next big trend in environmentally responsible living,” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “Florida Crystals is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing awareness among consumers of the impact their buying decisions have on the planet. We’re very proud to have them as a partner.”

“Florida Crystals certification is unique,” said Luis Fernandez, Florida Crystals’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Unlike other manufacturers who rely on the purchase of carbon credits from third parties, we are able to provide our products’ carbon neutrality through our own production of renewable energy. We have a strong commitment to the environment and continue to invest in the expansion of our renewable energy program. We are proud to receive CarbonFree certification.”

Other Carbonfund.org CarbonFree products include:
● Tropical Traders’ Royal Hawaiian Honey
● Ecofuture’s THEbulb
● Yakima racks and other products
● April Third Studios’ Elusion 2-Disc Special Edition (DVD & CD)

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 650 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Allstate, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme.

About Florida Crystals

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company guiding its sugar from the field to the table with Florida Crystals® natural and organic brands. We are the first American sugar certified CarbonFree by Carbonfund.Org. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy for sugar operations as well as 60,000 homes, which also helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.  Florida Crystals® is made from pure sun-sweetened sugar cane but it’s “less refined” than traditional sugar, so it delivers a flavor that’s unique and absolutely delicious. To learn more about our CarbonFree certification and our earth-friendly practices, visit us at http://www.floridacrystals.com.Beyong the Organic Label, Florida Crystals and Carbonfund.org Partner to Introduce Organic Sugar Line to Carbon-Conscious Consumers

New World-Class Consumer Label

 

 Brings CarbonFree Sugar to Shelves

Silver Spring, MD – March 19, 2008 – Carbonfund.org and Florida Crystals Corporation today announced the CarbonFree® certification of Florida Crystals Organic Sugar, marking a growing trend of businesses that are bringing carbon-conscious consumerism directly to their customers and a growing number of eco-conscious consumers who scrutinize food production methods and seek products that minimize climate impact.

The average American consumes approximately 107 pounds of sugar a year, according to a 2003-2004 United States Department of Agriculture Food Intake Survey.  With a new line of sugar that offers an organic and CarbonFree option, consumers can take a further step to combat global warming even at the grocery store. Meanwhile, A new study shows that roughly half of all consumers now consider questions of sustainability in their purchasing decisions, with particular focus on the food and beverage industry.

image

Carbonfund.org certified Florida Crystals organic sugar CarbonFree after a rigorous life cycle analysis (LCA) performed by Europe’s premier carbon management consultants, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management. They determined the product’s carbon footprint by assessing the primary inputs of planting and growing the sugar cane, through the harvesting, milling and packaging processes, to the product’s final delivery to store shelves. Each product’s carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures, specifically, through Florida Crystals’ production of renewable energy.

CarbonFree product certification entails four main steps:
● Determine the product’s carbon footprint through an LCA
● Certify and register the product as CarbonFree
● Offset the product’s footprint through the support of greenhouse gas reduction projects
● Conduct annual review and recertification

“CarbonFree certification and labeling is the next big trend in environmentally responsible living,” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “Florida Crystals is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing awareness among consumers of the impact their buying decisions have on the planet. We’re very proud to have them as a partner.”

“Florida Crystals certification is unique,” said Luis Fernandez, Florida Crystals’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Unlike other manufacturers who rely on the purchase of carbon credits from third parties, we are able to provide our products’ carbon neutrality through our own production of renewable energy. We have a strong commitment to the environment and continue to invest in the expansion of our renewable energy program. We are proud to receive CarbonFree certification.”

Other Carbonfund.org CarbonFree products include:
● Tropical Traders’ Royal Hawaiian Honey
● Ecofuture’s THEbulb
● Yakima racks and other products
● April Third Studios’ Elusion 2-Disc Special Edition (DVD & CD)

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 650 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Allstate, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme.

About Florida Crystals

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company guiding its sugar from the field to the table with Florida Crystals® natural and organic brands. We are the first American sugar certified CarbonFree by Carbonfund.Org. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy for sugar operations as well as 60,000 homes, which also helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.  Florida Crystals® is made from pure sun-sweetened sugar cane but it’s “less refined” than traditional sugar, so it delivers a flavor that’s unique and absolutely delicious. To learn more about our CarbonFree certification and our earth-friendly practices, visit us at http://www.floridacrystals.com.

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