Mohawk Fine Papers Buys 100% Wind Power in RECs

Mohawk Fine Papers has begun offsetting 100% of its annual electric power consumption across all its operations in New York and Ohio with the purchase of 100 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs).

This move follows a May 2007 announcement in which the company began moving toward carbon neutral production by making its premium paper lines carbon neutral within its production process.

“Over two decades ago we embraced the concept of extended stewardship,” said Tom O’Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., “meaning that we continually examine every aspect of our business with the objective of making our environmental footprint as small as possible. … By investing in wind energy we are aiding the growth of this emission-free energy alternative.”

This current move to offset 100% of its purchased electricity will place Mohawk on the EPA’s Top Partner list of 100% Green Power Purchasers along with companies like PepsiCo, Whole Foods Market, The World Bank, and the EPA itself (the list will be updated July 30, 2007).

“Our Climate Leaders partners are demonstrating corporate climate change leadership by embracing energy efficiency, green power, and technological innovation as sound business investments,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock. “Many of the nation’s leading companies are working aggressively with EPA to lower their greenhouse gas emissions in ways that advance President Bush’s climate change strategy.”

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