American Electric Power Co. Inc. To Buy 4.6 Million Carbon Credits

Poop control-based carbon offsetting is going to be keeping the planet's climate regular...we can just tell. American Electric Power Co. Inc., for example, will buy 4.6 million carbon credits between 2010 and 2017 to support the first large-scale livestock methane offset program in the United States. "The project will capture and destroy methane from approximately 400,000 head of livestock on as many as 200 farms. Columbus-based AEP annually will purchase up to 600,000 carbon credits, with each credit equal to 1 ton of carbon dioxide reduction, between 2010 and 2017 at a fixed price from Environmental Credit Corp., a State College, Pa.-based environmental credit supplier and project developer. Methane from livestock manure accounts for 6.6 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. ECC will install covers on manure storage lagoons to capture and flare off methane, which will convert it to carbon dioxide. The process will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and odors the livestock farms emit." Note: the full AEP press release at the above link is a worthy read. Also: More breaking news from AEP below the fold.More from AEP:: American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has accepted an invitation to join the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global association dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development.

WBCSD is a regular guest poster on TreeHugger. See their introductory post here.
(The WBCSD, based in Geneva, Switzerland, provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share best practices and advocate business positions on sustainability issues while working with governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations. Membership includes approximately 190 companies from more than 35 countries.)

Via:: RP at The Shaw Group
Image credit:: University of California Lagoon Management Program

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