By Maura Forrest
March 10, 2016
Canadian outdoor retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op has announced that all of its current and future facilities will be powered by clean energy from Bullfrog Power.
MEC will use green electricity and green natural gas for its 17 retail stores and its head office and distribution centre.
“The emissions associated with powering and heating our buildings comprise a large slice of MEC’s overall footprint – a slice that is now smaller as we extend our renewable energy partnership with Bullfrog Power to cover all our facilities,” said Gary Faryon, MEC’s chief retail operations officer, in a news release.
This isn’t the beginning of MEC’s relationship with Bullfrog Power. MEC has been using the clean energy provider for certain facilities since 2009. Since then, Bullfrog Power claims, more than 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions have been displaced.
In 2014, Bullfrog Power also relocated a three-kilowatt solar installation to the roof of MEC’s Broadway Avenue store in Vancouver.
“MEC walks the walk by operating their business in a way that helps lessen the impact they have on the environment,” said Bullfrog Power CEO Ron Seftel in the news release. “We applaud their environmental leadership and hope that more Canadian businesses and individuals follow suit.”
Bullfrog Power doesn’t actually deliver power directly to its customers. Instead, it contributes as much clean energy from wind and low-impact hydro projects as its clients consume to the overall grid.
It also injects clean natural gas from a methane capture project at a landfill into the Canadian pipeline network to offset its customers’ gas usage.
MEC claims that heat and power form the second-largest part of its carbon footprint, after shipping and distribution.
Investing in green energy is becoming increasingly popular among large corporations. In December, for instance, Google announced it was adding 842 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to help power its data centres.
In 2015, a column in Forbes suggested that corporations have much to gain from renewable energy in the way of stable electricity prices, as oil prices have become more volatile.
Other major clean energy purchasers are IKEA, Amazon, Yahoo and Microsoft.
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