First North American Publisher Goes Carbon-Neutral
New Society Publishers is First in North America to Go Carbon Neutral
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada -- October 20, 2005 -- New Society Publishers, an activist press focusing on sustainability issues, has become the first publisher in North America to become carbon neutral. The publisher operates from offices on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
"This is a great way to play our part, as we try to find ways to conduct our business in a more environmentally friendly manner"
With the purchase of 213 tonnes of carbon offsets, New Society Publishers (NSP) has neutralized the effect of the 213 tonnes of emissions that were released into the atmosphere during 2003 as a result of the publisher's use of paper, fuel, electricity, and garbage.
"This is a great way to play our part, as we try to find ways to conduct our business in a more environmentally friendly manner," said Chris Plant, co-owner of NSP. "We see it is a fundamental component of being a socially responsible business and walking our talk."
Becoming "carbon neutral" is a new expression that is gathering momentum around the world. The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Australia, is planning to be carbon neutral, as well as the American Football League's 2006 Superbowl XL, to be held in Detroit.
New Society's 213 tonnes of emissions came from its use of paper (140 tonnes), flights and couriers (65 tonnes), trucking and vehicle travel (7 tonnes), fuel for heat and power (0.75 tonnes); and garbage (0.14 tonnes).
Half of the publisher's emissions were offset by a contribution to Tree Canada, which will plant 182 trees to absorb 106 tonnes of NSP's emissions.
The other half (for 107 tonnes) was offset by a contribution to the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), based in Washington DC. SELF brings solar electric lighting to villagers in countries such as South Africa and Bhutan, replacing the use of kerosene, which is a dangerous and expensive carbon-producing fossil fuel.