climate-change

Airtron Dallas Commitment to the Environment

InFocus: Climate Changer

Our Position

  • Human-induced greenhouse gas emissions are key drivers of climate change.
  • A carbon emission reduction strategy must use all available options including conservation, reduction and efficiency.
  • A cap-and-trade system is the most effective way of finding a price for carbon—and provides needed incentives for investment in low-carbon technologies.
  • Our parent company Centrica recently signed the Copenhagen Communiqué, a call to world leaders to set out a strong and effective framework to reduce carbon emissions.

Direct Energy Actions

Managing our internal footprint

Reducing our own carbon footprint of our buildings, fleet and • travel 8.5% by 2013 relative to a 2007 baseline.

Offering low-carbon products and services to customers*

Renewable power options.

  • Carbon-neutral natural gas.
  • Energy efficiency products and services.
  • Renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.
  • Carbon footprint measurement and management.
  • Demand response solutions.

Maintaining a responsible generation fleet

  • Our 3 power plants, with combined-cycle natural gas turbines, combined with our five wind power purchase agreements yield one of the lowest carbon intensity fleets in North America.

Advocating with key stakeholders

  • At federal, state and provincial levels, we advocate for accurate price signals for energy conservation and solutions to decrease emissions through appropriate legislation, technology and incentives.

Impact of Climate Change (examples)

  • Rising temperature and sea level
  • Rapidly retreating glaciers
  • More extreme and volatile weather
  • Thawing permafrost
  • Unpredictable growing seasons
  • Water scarcity
  • Population displacement
  • Loss of biodiversity

Key North American Policies

  • Federal • – The US is likely to enact a national Greenhouse Gas cap-and-trade scheme in the near future. Canadian officials have indicated they will enact policies to align with the US model.
  • Regional • – 24 states and four provinces are developing regional carbon emissions management schemes. Examples include the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, Western Climate Initiative, and Midwest Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord.
  • Provincial • – British Columbia has implemented North America’s first carbon tax. Ontario has introduced the Green Energy Act to advance renewable energy and conservation.
  • State • – 29 states have renewable portfolio standards and net metering policies (to measure each household’s energy use) exist in 42 states. 19 states have energy efficiency resource standards.

Recent Scientific Findings

  • The annual atmospheric emissions growth rate between 2000-2007 increased to 3.5%, four times the 0.9% seen between 1990-1999, faster than worst-case scenarios from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  • The global average temperature has increased 0.6 oC above pre-industrial levels. It is projected to increase further at least 1.4o to 4.3oC by 2100.
  • September 2009 was the second warmest September ever recorded (highest was 2005) and had the second lowest extent of Arctic sea ice on record (lowest was 2007).
  • The Earth’s oceans had a record warm summer this year, 1.04 oF above the 20th century average.
  • Ice melt from glaciers is accelerating. The rate of ice loss from 30 reference glaciers has doubled since 2000 over the previous two decades
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