Following Earth Day, the Consulate General of France goes for 100% green, renewable and clean energy [fr]
A week after having organized the Earth Day Conference 934 with representatives from the Earth Day Initiative and the Jour de la Terre organizations, the Consulate announced on Earth Day May 22nd that it will switch to a green, renewable and clean electricity supplier.
Its new supplier, Clean Choice Energy, will provide the Consulate with 95% wind, 5% solar energy, all produced locally in the state of New York. Moreover, its new natural Gas supplier is part of the Carbon-offset market, and as such the Consulate carbon emissions coming from its natural gas consumption will be accounted for and regulated by the carbon-offset market.
This ecological transition effort is motivated by both the Ambassades Vertes (“Green Embassy”) program of the French Diplomacy and the ambitious ecological objectives of the city and state of New York.
Launched in 2015 ahead of COP21, the “Green Embassy” project is an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of France’s diplomatic representations abroad.
On the local level, State Governor Andrew Cuomo has set a target to generate 50% of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
With this initiative, the French Consulate is leading the way in term of sustainable development.