Date: October 10, 2006
Source: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) announced that it is the first public environmental services organization in the US to become a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), North America's only, and the world's first, voluntary, legally binding multi-sector market for reducing and trading greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) is pleased to announce it has become the first public environmental services organization in the US to become a Member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), North America's only, and the world's first, voluntary, legally binding multi-sector market for reducing and trading greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
As a GHG generator from its waste-to-energy (WTE) facility and waste transfer vehicles, the Authority is voluntarily making a legally binding commitment to reduce its GHG emissions by 6% by 2010 using its emissions in 2000 as the baseline. All emissions data must be verified by NASD, CCX's provider of regulatory services. As a GHG offset provider from its voluntary landfill gas (LFG) collection system and energy partnership with PPL Corporation, CCX approved verifiers have already certified the Authority's LFG system and verified that over 35,500 metric tons of CO2 equivalents have already been destroyed since the gas-to-energy plant began operation in February 2006.
Jim Warner, Executive Director of LCSWMA said, "The Authority has been and remains committed to actively pursuing environmentally sound and productive methodologies to manage municipal solid waste. Joining the CCX provides us a platform to extend our best environmental practices to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Being both a member and a greenhouse gas offset project participant with CCX enables us to achieve environmental goals with financial rewards attached. That's an attractive combination for any organization."
"CCX is very pleased to welcome LCSWMA to the Exchange on this date," says Dr. Richard L. Sandor, CEO and founder of CCX. "Our Members are leaders in their sectors, and also leaders in the effort to address the challenge of climate change. Participation in CCX continues to highlight the fact that CCX membership makes excellent business and governance sense, while also providing a platform for sound action to protect our planet for ourselves and future generations."
About Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
LCSWMA is recognized throughout North America as a leader in the field of solid waste management. LCSWMA operates an integrated solid waste management system which primarily serves Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The system handles approximately 575,000 tons of waste per year.
Barbara Baker, Communications Manager
Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
Phone: (717) 397-9968, Fax:(717) 397-9973
Rafael Marques, Chicago Climate Exchange
Phone: (312)-554-3384, Fax: (312) 554-3373