New leadership comes at pivotal time for the internationally recognized nonprofit organization
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors today announced that it appointed internationally recognized climate change expert and industry veteran Craig Ebert as the organization’s new President, effective immediately. Craig, who previously served as the organization’s VP of Policy, takes the leadership role during a pivotal time of growth and new opportunity for the Climate Action Reserve, known globally as a pioneer in establishing rigorous, transparent standards for carbon offsets.
“Since its launch, the Climate Action Reserve has successfully brought credibility and integrity to carbon offsets as an impactful tool for reducing emissions, and now the organization has opportunities to apply its expertise to broader applications. These factors were critical in the search for our next President. The Board is thrilled that Craig will be leading the organization in our next exciting phase of growth and to maintain the high bar for quality that we are known for. His expertise in carbon accounting principles and policies, industry reputation and experience in growing new initiatives make him a wonderful fit for the President role and we are eager to begin working with him in this new capacity,” said Linda Adams, Chair of the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors. “We also greatly appreciate the admirable, professional performance of our full management team who collectively stepped up to the plate during our comprehensive presidential search process.”
During his career, Craig has helped create foundational elements of international, national and corporate policies to address climate change, including pioneering efforts on carbon accounting principles. He has led efforts to develop methods adopted by the IPCC as its National GHG Inventory Programme, supported U.S. negotiations on international climate change agreements, and also helped develop the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) provisions under the Kyoto Protocol. He joined the Reserve after advising the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and working over 30 years at ICF, a top-ranked environmental consulting firm.
During his tenure as the Reserve’s VP of Policy, Craig oversaw the continued development of the organization’s offset protocols, directed the development of the organization’s new climate investment rating program and helped strengthen and expand the organization’s international work.
“I am honored to accept the President position and to continue our ground-breaking work with such an exceptionally-talented team, an engaged Board of Directors and tremendous partners. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The Climate Action Reserve has already made meaningful contributions in addressing this challenge and we have more exciting opportunities before us to foster creative, market-oriented and effective solutions to save our planet from dangerous human impacts on our global environment,” said Craig.
GreenPrint came to life as founder, Pete Davis, and Co-Founder, Trenton Spindler, recognized the importance of protecting our environment, but also realized that today’s consumers are increasingly directing their purchasing power toward companies that give back, support their communities, and take active measures towards improving the quality of our environment. At GreenPrint, our goal is to enable consumers to drive their cars and live their everyday lives without leaving a carbon footprint or minimizing their carbon footprint. We develop and operate low carbon and reduced emissions fuel programs through our patent protected platform with an initial focus on the retail gasoline, fleet, and consumer product industries.
Additionally, today, businesses feel pressure to provide sustainable solutions. We help businesses respond to these pressures and create a net-positive impact on our environment while increasing sales, practicing social responsibility, promoting sustainability, and creating a competitive advantage.
Our focus is on the fuel industry, and the more than 250 million vehicles on the road. We partner directly with companies and consumers to help mitigate the impact of all of the pollution that comes with those vehicles. For example, the Strive Fuel program is currently offered at ALON 7-Eleven gas station and convenience stores across 4 states. Another example is the Ricker’s Replenish program, currently offered at Ricker’s convenience stores in the Indianapolis Metro area. In addition to reducing emissions, these programs focus on improving the environment of each local community as well by supporting and volunteering for greenscape and tree planting projects. Our clients include municipal and commercial fleet managers and petroleum retailers across the world. We calculate customers CO2 emissions per gallon, and neutralize those emissions by planting trees and making investments in carbon-offset projects like those listed on the Climate Action Reserve.
Just this year, GreenPrint has been able to offset more than 23,487 metric tonnes of carbon and counting. As an added bonus, communities where our clients operate benefit from local tree planting projects where we’ve been able to plant over 4,000 trees. Thanks to our global partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we anticipate supporting the planting of 50,000 trees in 2016. The engagement in each community has been astounding, as we bring together consumers, corporate and community leaders for tree planting projects in parks, along rivers, and in neighborhoods. GreenPrint is addressing climate change, planting trees, supporting local communities, and investing in renewable energy one gallon at a time.
GreenPrint’s programs have experienced an enormous amount of positive feedback, and we look forward to continuing to partner with companies and consumers to drive the total number of metric tonnes of carbon reduced and take active steps to care for our environment.
For more information on GreenPrint, please visit www.greenprintcorp.com.
Pioneering new program will provide industry’s first rating for greenhouse gas reductions of projects financed by climate investments
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Climate Action Reserve, an environmental nonprofit organization and North America’s premier carbon offset registry, announced it is currently developing a rating program to assess the greenhouse gas impact of climate investments. The program will first be applied to the rapidly growing green bonds market. As the market for green bonds and climate finance grows rapidly, the Reserve will apply its expertise as a trusted California offset registry to these important financial instruments.
When the Reserve launched its offsets program, the sector lacked a transparent and rigorous standard to measure greenhouse gas reductions from offset projects. Similarly, while there are a number of green bond rating systems, none directly quantifies greenhouse gas reductions. The Reserve’s climate investment rating will continue to work towards one of the organization’s fundamental goals of ensuring environmental benefit, integrity and transparency for market-based solutions to global climate change.
“Climate change is arguably the biggest challenge of our time,” said Craig Ebert, Vice President of Policy for the Reserve. “By quantifying the actual greenhouse gas impact of a bond offering and other financial instruments, we will provide a clear signal to the market that will help investors understand how their actions address the fight against climate change.”
Currently, the Reserve is collaborating with the Connecticut Green Bank and Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank to evaluate existing green bonds to ensure that its methodology is robust, transparent and most relevant to the financial community. As with its work in the carbon offset market, the Reserve recognizes that collaboration with other experts and partners is critical to ensuring the development of a rating system that will meet the needs of financial stakeholders.
“We are excited to be collaborating with the Reserve in this important area,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President, Commercial and Industrial Programs, Connecticut Green Bank. “Understanding the climate impacts of our investments is critically important to our investment strategy and our environmental goals. The Connecticut Green Bank is happy to help foster greater transparency and rigor in the bond market on the most important environmental issue of our day.”
The Reserve began as the California Climate Action Registry, which was created by the State of California in 2001 to address climate change through voluntary calculation and public reporting of emissions. The California Registry helped over 415 leading California-based corporations, organizations, government agencies and municipalities to voluntarily calculate and publicly report their GHG emissions. Its established expertise in emissions accounting translated into expertise in emissions reductions accounting for the North American carbon market. The transparent processes, multi-stakeholder participation and rigorous standards of the Reserve helped earn confidence that registered emissions reductions are real, additional, verifiable, enforceable and permanent. The Reserve’s expertise and insight helped inform the development of the State of California’s cap-and-trade program, which adopted several of the Reserve’s protocols for use in its regulation.