Frequently Asked Questions about Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas
A carbon offset is the reduction of one metric ton (mT) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is sold in units of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Each therm of natural gas creates approximately 0.005306 mT—or 12 lbs.—of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. No matter how much you do to reduce the amount of natural gas you use, some of your activities will still emit greenhouse gases.
Carbon offsets let you help build projects in communities across the country that reduces emissions beyond what you could achieve through individual action. Carbon offsets are purchased to fund these projects and diminish the impact of your own GHG emissions, even though the projects are located elsewhere. Offsets make environmental and economic sense: for emissions that are impossible to reduce, you can use funds to help reduce emissions elsewhere.
The pipelines that serve the city gates are fed by wells in and around the gulf region. The natural gas that is transported by the interstate pipelines is comingled with other supplies. At this time there is no way to track the actual molecules purchased from insertion into a pipeline to the burner-tip of a customer. Bollinger Energy has reviewed the natural gas pipeline systems as tracked by the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to make a reasonable estimate that the gas is not fracked.
The carbon offsets that are combined with your natural gas purchase are purchased from TerraPass. TerraPass is the Seller of Green-e® Climate certified carbon offsets. To learn more about TerraPass and the projects they support, visit www.terrapass.com.
The carbon offsets you buy with your Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas help support a landfill gas (LFG) capture project within the Mid-Atlantic States. The offset project creates carbon offsets by collecting gas from the decomposing garbage at the landfill and destroying it thereby converting the gas into energy. The gas-to-energy project consists of gas wells, piping, two 1.6-MW generators, a flare (now for backup purposes), and a Renewable Energy Education Center. The base load energy created by the methane-to-electricity production facility is sold to the grid (PJM). In addition to the gas-to-energy project the landfill has also installed a natural aquatic life treatment system to filter lactate from the landfill, thus creating a bioverse habitat for local wildlife while discharging clean water from the system. The landfill gas-to-energy plant reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by 39.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide—the equivalent of removing 3,300 cars from the road!
The carbon offsets associated with the project are Green-e® Climate Certified. Learn more about the project at terrapass.com/green-e-climate.
Green-e® Climate is the first and only independent, third-party certification program for retail carbon offsets sold in the voluntary market. Green-e® Climate Certified offsets are GHG emissions reductions 1) that have been certified and issued under an endorsed GHG project standard, 2) the sale and marketing of which has met our marketing and disclosure requirements, and 3) the Green-e® Climate certification provides quality assurances covering the entire chain of custody of the emissions reductions, complimenting GHG project standards and streamlining all of the vital elements of a credible carbon offset into a single certification mark. To learn more about Green-e® Climate visit their website.
The pathway to a reducing your company’s environmental impact starts today, please call
1-800-260-0505 and speak to one of our Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas Energy Specialists.
Terrapass projects are part of the solution in the fight against climate change. As climate change is continually being ignored by our elected leaders, we are funding solutions in communities across the U.S. Measuring and then offsetting your carbon footprint is one way to support these on-the-ground projects.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA develops and enforces regulations. When Congress writes an environmental law, they implement it by writing regulations. Often, they set national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations.
Green-e certifies environmental commodities and products that mitigate climate change and help build a sustainable energy future.
- Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
CRS is a national nonprofit with global impact. It develops expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Its leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets.
- Price, Terms & Conditions (PTC) and Carbon Offset Cntent Label (COCL)