Port Saint John has demonstrated its commitment to tackling climate change by being among the first two companies to receive Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Saint John Energy.
RECs are internationally recognized certificates designed to help energy buyers achieve net-zero goals by certifying that they are buying electricity from a renewable source. The renewable energy will be provided by the Burchill Wind Project, a 42-megawatt wind farm being built by Natural Forces in Lorneville, set to be operational by the end of 2022.
The Port has purchased enough certificates to cover 100% of their corporate energy use including the Port’s cruise facilities, corporate office locations, and port-operated cargo terminals.
“We are on a larger decarbonization journey, with an internal working group focused on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. These RECs are an amazing first step for us but we are committed to further reducing our energy footprint in the near future when it comes to our facilities and fleets,” says Craig Bell Estabrooks, President and CEO at Port Saint John.
“We have watched with excitement as infrastructure for the ￼Burchill Wind Project has been imported through Port Saint John, so this is an amazing next step for us with our partner Saint John Energy,” says Paula Copeland, Vice President of Engagement and Sustainability of Port Saint John.
“We’re delighted to be able to harness the Burchill wind farm to support Port Saint John and others in Saint John’s transition toward net zero. Helping the community transition confidently to a clean energy future helps not only Saint John but the province as a whole,” said Ryan Mitchell, President and CEO of Saint John Energy. “There is a tremendous demand for Renewable Energy Certificates, and we’re excited to be able to offer this option to those in our community who are looking for the assurance that they are powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity.” (Saint John Energy photo of work underway at Birchill windfarm site)