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RBC and Golf Canada choose 100 per cent renewable energy from Bullfrog Power to help make the 2013 RBC Canadian Open a carbon neutral event
Oakville, ON—Bullfrog Power, Canada’s 100 per cent green energy provider, is pleased to announce that RBC and Golf Canada will bullfrogpower the 2013 RBC Canadian Open with 100 per cent renewable electricity and green natural gas. Canada’s National Open Championship is set to take place at Glen Abbey Golf Club, July 22 to 28, 2013, in Oakville, Ontario.
“This year is the first time that RBC Canadian Open will be a carbon neutral event and 100 per cent renewable energy from Bullfrog Power is essential to achieving that goal,” explained Sandra Odendahl, Director, Corporate Sustainability, RBC. “During the past few years we have worked closely with Golf Canada and our other event partners to apply progressive best practices to reduce the environmental impacts of the RBC Canadian Open.”
In addition to purchasing renewable electricity and green natural gas for the event, GHG emissions associated with the use of diesel generators and event vehicles (i.e. shuttle buses and courtesy vehicles) will be neutralized through the purchase and retirement of high quality carbon offsets, helping to ensure event operations are carbon neutral.
“We are committed to making the 2013 RBC Canadian Open the greenest Open ever,” said Bill Paul, Tournament Director for the RBC Canadian Open. “Together with our partners at RBC, we have a goal to divert more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill, provide patrons with sustainable transportation options such as free bicycle valet just outside the main entrance and reduce the event’s overall environmental footprint. Glen Abbey is also a great complement to our environmental programming as the golf course has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International since 2004.”
In 2005, RBC became the first bank to support clean energy through a renewable energy agreement with Bullfrog Power. Since then, RBC has expanded its commitment to renewable energy and now bullfrogpowers its entire Canadian network of ATMs and in-branch digital displays with green electricity.
“We’re extremely pleased that RBC is continuing to expand its commitment to sustainability by making this year’s tournament a carbon neutral event,” said Anthony Santilli, Vice President, Sales, Bullfrog Power. “By bullfrogpowering the 2013 RBC Canadian Open with renewable electricity and green natural gas, RBC is helping to broaden awareness of climate change and the path forward to achieve a clean energy future in Canada.”
Through the agreement, Bullfrog Power’s generators put renewable electricity and green natural gas onto the respective energy systems to match the amounts used at the 2013 RBC Canadian Open. Bullfrog’s green electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program—instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. Sourced from a unique, ground-breaking methane-capture project situated on one of Canada’s thousands of landfill sites, Bullfrog’s green natural gas is a climate-friendly alternative to conventional, polluting natural gas. Through this innovative technology, biogas is captured, cleaned up, and put onto the national natural gas pipeline, displacing fossil-fuel based gas and reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
Visit RBC’s Golf and the Environment page to find more information about the 2013 RBC Canadian Open environmental initiatives.
About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada’s 100 per cent green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable homes and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Thousands of Canadian homes and businesses are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by switching to green energy with Bullfrog Power. Homes and businesses can sign up easily, quickly and affordably at www.bullfrogpower.com.
About RBC and Sustainability
RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012-2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the DJSI North American Index. RBC has been named one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations, one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. RBC is also included on the 2013 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index.
About the 2013 RBC Canadian Open
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.2 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28, 2013 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC Canadian Open provides an opportunity for Canada’s top talents to compete against the world’s best golfers while also leaving a significant impact in the event’s host community. The RBC Canadian Open is proud to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada as the event’s official charity partner. Established in 1904, Canada’s national open golf championship is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Shaw Business, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe and Mail, Jacob’s Creek, Keystone Dental, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and 5-hour Energy. For tickets or tournament information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.
Contact Bullfrog Power
Public Relations Manager
Tel: 416.360.3464 ext 239
Director, RBC Brand & Corporate Citizenship Communications
Contact Golf Canada
Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: 905-849-9700 ext 406