“Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a new paradigm to running a smart, forward-thinking business. The carbon offset of our Bauma exhibit is consistent with the eco-minded practices we use in our factories and offices around the world every day. Our long-term goal is to help customers be more sustainable in the industries in which they work,” said Paolo Fellin, Vice President of EAME Distribution. “It’s our responsibility to help set the example through actions like this offset.”
Carbonfund.org and Caterpillar determined emissions sources and totals from the company’s exhibit at Bauma. The emissions being offset come from transportation of staff and equipment, electricity and paper use, lodging, and meals. All carpet, wood, metal, glass, cardboard and paper will be sorted and recycled to minimize waste when the stand is dismantled.
Carbon offsets represent the reduction of greenhouse gases in one location - such as through a project - to offset emissions produced in another - the Caterpillar Zeppelin Bauma exhibit. The project that will be used to offset the exhibit captures methane, a greenhouse gas about 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide, from a decommissioned coal mine in Luenen-Brambauer, Germany. The project has been certified to the internationally accepted Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
Another public benefit of the carbon offset project is that it will generate renewable electricity for the power grid. The methane leaking from the decomissioned mine has a concentration of 60 percent and is therefore well suited for power generation. A Caterpillar 3516TA 1.043 MWEL genset is installed to generate the electricity.
Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson said, “We are excited to partner with Caterpillar to help the international company reduce its carbon footprint and attain its sustainability goals. Supporting methane capture and clean power generation helps fight climate change while investing in a clean energy future.”
For more than 80 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been building the world’s infrastructure and, in partnership with its worldwide dealer network, is driving positive and sustainable change on every continent. With 2009 sales and revenues of $32.396 billion, Caterpillar is a technology leader and the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. More information is available at www.cat.com.
Carbonfund.org is the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org has over 450,000 individual supporters and works with over 1,400 business and nonprofit partners including Discovery, Motorola, Amtrak, Volkswagen, Dell, JetBlue, and Staples. Please visitwww.carbonfund.org.