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Apple, eBay, Samsung Austin Semiconductor and Sprint Accelerate Renewable Energy Development

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Clean Energy Aggregation to Support Apex Clean Energy’s White Mesa Wind Project in Crockett County, TX

Apple, eBay, Samsung and Sprint today announced a joint agreement to purchase power from a new wind farm owned and developed by Apex Clean Energy. The transaction—spearheaded by Apple, the largest purchaser in the innovative small load energy aggregation—totals approximately 75 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power the equivalent of 20,000 homes.

Shared energy purchases like this allow companies to pool their energy demands and collectively support the addition of large-scale renewable energy projects to the grid. Apple brought together other technology leaders dedicated to responsible business practices – eBay, Samsung and Sprint – in the aggregation agreement, which will enable all participants to access cost-effective low-carbon renewable energy from the new project. 3Degrees facilitated the agreement.

The full 500-MW White Mesa Wind project is expected to come online in 2021 in Crockett County, TX.

“We’re proud to be powering all of Apple’s operations around the world with 100 percent renewable energy and driving the private sector to support the clean energy transition,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “Businesses of all sizes and of varying energy needs can help bring new, renewable energy online. This collaborative agreement in Texas is a model we hope others will replicate.”

“At eBay, we prioritize operating in the most environmentally and socially sustainable way,” said Wendy Jones, SVP Global Operations, eBay. “This collaboration is not only an important step in advancing our commitment to reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, but it also offers an inclusive approach to collaborate with other companies and lead the way toward a clean energy future.”

“Samsung Austin Semiconductor understands the responsibility of businesses to work together to support environmental sustainability and increase the share of renewable energy in our local markets,” said Gil Heyun Choi, president of Samsung Austin Semiconductor. “We see this agreement as a landmark effort for cutting-edge semiconductor technologies and a demonstration of green manufacturing brought to scale.”

“This project marks another step toward reaching our corporate goal of reducing Sprint’s carbon footprint,” said Chas Peterson, Vice President of Procurement for Sprint. “We are also greening our supply chain by partnering with some of our key suppliers on this innovative shared energy purchase.”

“Enabling corporate aggregation for renewable power purchasing is a key focus of Apex’s and an essential way of engaging more corporate customers in clean energy procurement,” said Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy. “The Apex platform is designed to develop utility-scale wind and solar projects that deliver optimized performance paired with the flexibility that aggregated offtakers need to make these deals feasible. White Mesa Wind is a prime example of the future of corporate clean energy transactions: aggregated power purchasing tailored to each offtaker’s needs.”

“REBA members continue to drive innovation in clean energy procurement,” said Miranda Ballentine, CEO, Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance. “By bringing together the buying power of four leading brands, Apple, eBay, Sprint and Samsung, with the professional support of 3Degrees, energy buyers are proving that through the right partnerships these innovative renewable energy projects can come to fruition.”

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About Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC

Samsung Austin Semiconductor is one of the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world with more than 3,000 employees and 2.45 million square feet of floor space. Samsung Austin Semiconductor has broad semiconductor process technology offerings serving customers in various application areas including mobile, consumer, networking/high performance computing, Internet of Things, RF and automotive. Since 1996, Samsung Austin Semiconductor has invested approximately $17 billion in its Austin, TX campus, making it one of the largest direct foreign investments in United States history. Samsung Austin Semiconductor is a US-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The Austin facility is one of the few semiconductor plants the company has outside South Korea. Visit www.samsung.com/us/sas.


About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.3 million connections as of June 30, 2019 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching a 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.


About eBay

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity for all. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2018, eBay enabled $95 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.


About Apex Clean Energy

Apex Clean Energy develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America. Our mission-driven team of more than 200 renewable energy experts uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking customers. For more information on how Apex is leading the transition to a clean energy future, visit apexcleanenergy.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Wind farm photos courtesy of Apex Clean Energy

P-RECs powering a second renewable electrification of a hospital in South Sudan

The largest P-REC transaction in South Sudan funded the solar electrification of Malakal Teaching Hospital, which was completed in December 2022, and a second P-REC agreement will fund Bor State Hospital’s solar electrification.

Early in 2022, the first-ever Peace Renewable Energy Credit (P-REC) transaction in South Sudan was announced, executed by U.S.-based 3Degrees and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with support from Energy Peace Partners (EPP). In the agreement, 3Degrees obtained the P-RECs generated from a 700kWp solar plant in IOM’s Humanitarian Hub in Malakal. Block, a global technology company with a focus on financial services, purchased the P-RECs from 3Degrees. 

The arrangement enabled IOM to fund the solar electrification of the Malakal Teaching Hospital, the main healthcare facility serving the city of Malakal and the surrounding region.This area was destroyed in the country’s civil war and now houses one of the largest camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan. The team is pleased to announce that the hospital’s new solar system is now operational and is projected to reduce fuel consumption by at least 85% annually.

On the heels of the successful completion of the Malakal hospital project, 3Degrees, IOM, and EPP collaborated to replicate a second P-REC issuance in South Sudan, in which additional P-RECs from the solar plant in IOM’s Humanitarian Hub in Malakal will support the solar electrification of Bor State Hospital. Block also served as the purchaser of this subsequent batch of P-RECs. Currently the hospital operates with minimal, undependable electricity and this project will ensure a 24/7 power supply for the hospital’s critical care units and enable the hospital to provide reliable, safe services to the community, including gradually opening night services. Bor State Hospital currently relies on four diesel generators that run computers, fans in each of the wards, refrigerators, sterilization materials in the operating room, lights, surgical equipment, and more.

P-RECs are international renewable energy certificates (I-RECs) with a supplementary quality label certifying unique socio-economic co-benefits associated with new renewable energy generation. They are issued from qualifying projects in target countries characterized by high risk of conflict, high vulnerability to climate change and low levels of electrification. P-RECs serve to monetize renewable energy generation from eligible projects in order to unlock private sector capital for high-impact renewable energy projects in fragile, energy-poor countries. EPP developed and is the exclusive issuer of P-RECs.

“This new P-REC transaction demonstrates both the need and potential for innovative solutions like the P-REC to meet the challenges of electricity access in South Sudan, the least electrified country in the world,” said Dave Mozersky, President of Energy Peace Partners. “We are grateful to our partners Block, 3Degrees, and IOM for their commitment, vision and cooperation, and thrilled that this P-REC transaction will support an additional hospital electrification project in Bor.” 

“3Degrees has now executed several P-REC transactions, and it is remarkable to see the meaningful impact these projects have on energy-poor, climate-fragile communities,” said Steve McDougal, CEO, 3Degrees. “These two P-REC transactions in South Sudan are helping the hospitals provide safer, more reliable service to their patients – making a true difference in people’s lives. It was a pleasure to collaborate again with Block, Energy Peace Partners, and IOM, and we look forward to supporting more of our customers in their goal of pursuing meaningful renewable energy procurement.” 

“As a global community, we must do all we can to build the resilience of the most vulnerable people so they can cope with the impacts of a changing climate and conflict. Environmental sustainability and the energy transition must be at the heart of building durable solutions,” said Amy Pope, Deputy Director General, IOM. “For us, the clean energy transition means transitioning our own facilities to cleaner energy sources and providing displaced people with sustainable energy so they can cook, light their homes and get access to critical health care services. It also means using clean energy as a tool for peace. We are excited to continue our partnership with 3Degrees and Energy Peace Partners that benefits both people and the planet.”

“P-RECs provide Block an opportunity to support high impact clean energy projects that have a clear connection to our purpose of economic empowerment,” said Neil Jorgensen, Global ESG Lead at Block. “We’re thrilled to continue to leverage our renewable energy portfolio to help drive tangible, positive benefits where it is needed the most and we hope to see more private sector support for these types of solarization projects in the future.”

To read more about the largest P-REC transaction in South Sudan that funded Malakal Teaching Hospital solar electrification project, click here.

About EPP

Energy Peace Partners leverages climate and finance solutions to promote peace in the world’s most fragile regions. Our climate-sensitive approach expands the existing toolkit for peace and development by extending the renewable energy revolution to some of the planet’s most vulnerable populations. We address the intersection of energy poverty, conflict risk and climate vulnerability to demonstrate the peace dividends of clean energy.

About IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a related organization of the United Nations system and is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. From its roots as an operational logistics agency following the Second World War, it has broadened its scope to become an essential international actor in the field of human mobility, supporting migrants across the world, developing effective responses to the shifting dynamics of migration, and a key source of advice on migration policy and practice. The Organization works in emergency situations, developing the resilience of all people on the move, and particularly those in situations of vulnerability, as well as building capacity within governments to manage all forms and impacts of mobility.

About Block

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

Sweep and 3Degrees Partner to Launch Groundbreaking Carbon Measurement and Reduction Solution

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Sweep, the leading carbon management and reduction platform, has announced a partnership with 3Degrees, a leader in global climate solutions. The two certified B Corporations will team up to provide a seamless experience for organizations looking to measure and take action on their operational and value chain emissions. 

The partnership combines Sweep’s cutting-edge carbon management and reduction platform with 3Degrees’ top-tier consulting service and environmental attribute portfolio to help companies onboard the platform, conduct and analyze their GHG accounting profiles, develop bespoke emissions reduction roadmaps, and access renewable energy and decarbonization tools to immediately address global value chain emissions and achieve near-and-long-term climate targets.

Sweep’s data-driven platform makes it easy for organizations to understand, manage, and reduce their carbon footprint. Powerful collaboration features and user-focused design empower team members and supply chain stakeholders to grow a cleaner business. Through this partnership, 3Degrees will work with companies to streamline their adoption and utilization of the Sweep platform, including gathering critical data and ensuring high data quality, allowing clients to focus on accelerating meaningful emissions reductions and meeting their climate goals.

3Degrees has recently announced a climate technology advisory service that will streamline the selection and adoption of climate software solutions to help organizations accelerate data-driven progress toward decarbonization goals. The company’s team of climate consultants works closely with organizations to align on a best-fit climate technology solution, advise on data collection methodologies, support the data migration process, and educate cross-functional teams to ensure effective onboarding and tool utilization. 

Our partnership with 3Degrees showcases the power of collaboration in accelerating climate action. Armed with a software platform and consulting expertise, organizations can streamline their carbon management work and build a climate strategy that aligns with their business goals, industry demands, and their digital transformation needs. That’s how we can collectively make a real difference and drive cross-sector decarbonization,” says Rachel Delacour, CEO and Founder at Sweep.  

“Organizations, especially those with a vast portfolio of international assets or facilities, are becoming increasingly aware of a growing need to adopt a standardized climate technology solution,” said Scott Martin, Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Business at 3Degrees. “Partnerships like this one allow businesses to unlock valuable emissions data insights, build comprehensive reduction plans, and implement solutions that result in meaningful emission reductions.”

About Sweep: 

Sweep helps businesses track and act on their carbon, so they can become Forever Companies. The data-driven platform makes it easy to understand, manage, and reduce your carbon footprint. Powerful collaboration features and user-focused design empower your staff and your entire value chain to grow a cleaner business. The platform also has an integrated marketplace, letting you contribute to exciting carbon reduction and removal projects around the world. And with all your data in one place, its analytics offer deep insights into your progress and automatic reporting to your stakeholders.

Sweep is a B Corp, and a member of the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Get your supply-chain emissions on-track, visit sweep.net

3Degrees launches climate tech advisory services at COP27

New offering will streamline selection and adoption of climate software solutions to help organizations accelerate data-driven progress toward decarbonization goals

3Degrees, a firm that helps organizations around the world achieve renewable energy and decarbonization goals, today announced the launch of new climate tech advisory services, which complement the company’s existing suite of climate advisory and implementation services. The company made the announcement at COP27 during a panel discussion about data-driven technology and climate goals hosted by Sweep.

The climate tech space is booming, with new platforms emerging regularly, causing many organizations to struggle to navigate the landscape and clearly understand which solutions will best meet their needs. With the addition of climate tech advisory services, 3Degrees helps streamline companies’ adoption of technology platforms that address the inefficiencies of carbon data collection, the granularity of greenhouse gas accounting, and the risks of climate-related disclosures, allowing clients to focus on accelerating meaningful emissions reductions and meeting their climate goals.

3Degrees’ climate tech advisory services include:

  • Ecosystem of leading climate software solutions. 3Degrees is building an ecosystem of technology partners to provide clients with direct access to a broad range of leading climate management software solutions. This ecosystem is being crafted to meet the diverse needs of companies at every stage of their decarbonization journey, and 3Degrees aims to increase adoption of these climate software solutions by offering pass-through discounts.
  • Best-fit platform assessment. The climate tech marketplace is extremely crowded, and it can be complex and time consuming for companies to identify, engage, and evaluate the appropriate cohort of software solutions. 3Degrees starts by working with organizations to understand their goals, operating characteristics, and requirements, then agnostically assesses climate management software solutions, delivering a clear analysis of the climate tech platforms that would be ideal for the organization.
  • Professional services for onboarding. Once an organization selects a climate tech platform, the process of onboarding the solution can be arduous. 3Degrees will manage the set up, in alignment with an organization’s bespoke GHG accounting methodology, for select technology partners. This ensures smooth, accurate onboarding, and equips users to deploy the system to its full potential.

With the launch of 3Degrees’ climate tech advisory services, the company is uniquely positioned to support its global client base in an end-to-end decarbonization journey that merges tech-enabled climate management and data-driven insights with 3Degrees’ full suite of products and services that address all scopes of emissions.

“We strongly believe that climate tech – and, specifically, SaaS – is critical in accelerating corporate decarbonization efforts,” said Scott Martin, Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Business at 3Degrees. “With the launch of our climate tech advisory services, 3Degrees is able to support our clients from the early days of measuring and understanding their emissions data, to building a comprehensive emissions reduction plan, to implementing solutions to reduce their GHG footprint across scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. This is going to be game changing for many organizations as they progress through their decarbonization journey.”

3Degrees’ climate tech advisory services are available to organizations around the globe. Reach out to the advisory team to learn more.

Merge Electric Fleet Solutions Announces Partnership with Global Climate Solutions Provider 3Degrees to Support EV Fleet Transition

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  • 3Degrees partners with Merge Electric Fleet Solutions to provide actionable electric vehicle analysis and decades of expertise to existing and new fleet customers. 
  •  3Degrees will monetize Merge’s charging in the Clean Fuels States (CA, OR, WA) and offset all EV charging with RECs.

3Degrees, a leading global climate solutions provider and certified B Corp, announces today its collaboration with Merge Electric Fleet Solutions (Merge),  a company and technology platform that provides commercial fleets with a clear, affordable, and data-driven path to fleet electrification.  The confluence of these top two service providers allows corporate customers to leverage 3Degrees’ decades of climate consulting experience alongside Merge’s leading EV and infrastructure analysis to help accelerate EV fleet transitions and make progress toward broader climate goals such as Net Zero or Science Based Targets.  Merge customers will now have the ability to tap into 3Degrees’ expertise in helping businesses access the most value possible through Clean Fuels Programs incentives available in CA, OR, WA, and a growing number of regions across North America as well as match all EV charging with RECs.

In addition to announcing the partnership, Merge and 3Degrees have completed their first joint electrification analysis pilot utilizing telematics, a first for 3Degrees, as previous electrification assessments have been carried out using fuel data.  Telematics provides high-fidelity granular driving data to build greater operational confidence while more precisely assessing emissions reductions in Total Cost of Ownership.  The analysis resulted in the following insights:

  1. Nearly 50% of their fleet could be easily electrified with little changes to their standard operating processes 
  2. Electrification would save 20-45% on all operational costs when compared to their traditional fleet vehicles
  3. Transitioning to an electric fleet could save 50+ metric tonnes per vehicle of CO2 over the lifetime of use even when charged from the grid.   

The new collaboration aims to provide better access to 3Degrees’ services for fleet owners and connect EV fleet initiatives to broader net zero plans. Merge customers can now seamlessly leverage 3Degrees’ large-scale environmental commodity solutions, including Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) transactions, long-term renewable energy procurement, carbon credit portfolio management, transportation commodity and climate advisory services.

3Degrees will be able to draw upon the various EV services that Merge provides today, namely the EVSnapShot™ and the EV360™ Analysis, which are pre-implementation EV services that assess the viability of an electric fleet and identify the key next steps to begin the transition, followed by ongoing infrastructure deployment, operations, and reporting services.  Additionally, 3Degrees’ customers will have the opportunity to trial popular electric vehicles, namely the Ford F150 Lightning, to further de-risk their electric transition with real-world experiences before committing to millions in upgrades. 

“Our customers rely on us to bring forward the most impactful and data-driven solutions to address climate change. Electrifying the transportation sector, which is currently the single largest source of emissions in the U.S., is possible but not without challenges,” said Steve McDougal, 3Degrees CEO. “We want our clients to be set up for success from the start. Merge’s granular, customer-specific fleet data paired with 3Degrees’ industry-leading climate consulting expertise allows our clients to reduce risk as they transition to an electric fleet.”

“Fleet electrification lies at the intersection of environmental, economic, and operational considerations,” said Glen Stancil, Merge CEO. “Fleets transitioning to electric face the new challenge of capturing cost savings, maximizing emissions value, and ensuring operational success. Merge’s vehicle and charging services coupled with 3Degrees’ climate and environmental commodity leadership can guide customers successfully from their first EV deployed to their ultimate target.”

To learn more about the first joint electrification analysis pilot between 3Degrees and Merge, read the case study.

About Merge Fleet Solutions:

Merge is a fleet electrification service and finance company. Our mission is to deliver the economic, environmental, and experiential benefits of fleet electrification in comprehensive solutions that are simple, affordable, and scalable. The Merge team brings decades of EV experience from designing, delivering, and operating integrated charging solutions for commercial and residential applications on L2 and DC platforms at thousands of sites all around the U.S. To learn more about Merge and its fleet electrification capabilities, visit mergefleet.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

ChargeNet Stations and 3Degrees Collaborate to Launch EV Charging at CA Fast Food Restaurants

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Today, ChargeNet Stations opened the first DC fast charging station in a rapidly expanding network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers at quick-serve restaurants across California. The DC fast charging network developer is celebrating its first operational station at a South San Francisco Taco Bell® location. ChargeNet Stations has a partnership with Diversified Restaurant Group, one of the largest Taco Bell franchisees, to install DC fast chargers at 100 locations throughout the state, with many additional stations planned. The agreement includes the installation of primarily 75kW and 100kW chargers, with plans to roll out 150kW stations as well.

3Degrees, a firm that helps organizations around the world achieve renewable energy and decarbonization goals, worked with ChargeNet Stations to develop an innovative financing approach that guarantees the company a minimum amount of long-term revenue from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a program designed to reward the deployment of equipment and infrastructure that reduces transportation emissions in the state.

“Our goal at ChargeNet Stations is to make EVs available to everyone everywhere – to democratize EV charging by providing a fast, convenient, and affordable charge,” said Founder and CEO Tosh Dutt. “Great partners like 3Degrees help us expedite our mission. It’s good for the planet and it’s good for business.”

ChargeNet Stations is compatible with all EV connector types and offers a 100-mile charge in 20 minutes, or less, for about $20. For context, a 100-mile charge on a Level 2 charger would take about six hours.

Transportation is California’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, representing 41% of the state’s total1. The LCFS was launched in 2011 to reduce emissions from this hard-to-abate sector. The program allows companies using, producing, or furthering the use of low-carbon fuels to generate credits to be sold at market value to fossil fuel producers. The program also incentivizes the deployment of DC fast chargers by providing a guaranteed minimum number of LCFS credits for the first 5 years of the station’s life, reducing concerns around infrastructure utilization.

The program does not, however, guarantee the price of the credits generated from this infrastructure, and the LCFS market has been particularly volatile of late, dropping from ~$150 at the start of the year to lows of ~$60 in early October. Despite this state of flux in the market, 3Degrees and ChargeNet worked together to develop a structure that helped to unlock funding for the charging stations, and the companies plan to expand on this partnership as ChargeNet’s deployments grow.

“Meeting California’s EV adoption and transportation decarbonization goals requires mass deployment of EV charging infrastructure,” notes Dave Meyer, Director, Transportation Markets at 3Degrees. “One of the primary barriers to this deployment is uncertainty around utilization. The infrastructure provisions of the LCFS reduce this uncertainty, and our innovative financing arrangement eliminates market uncertainty. We congratulate the ChargeNet Stations team on this first station opening and look forward to working together on many more.”

About ChargeNet Stations:

ChargeNet Stations is an electric vehicle fast-charging station development and AI-driven software company. Our software platform creates a seamless opportunity for Quick Serve Restaurants to offer customers a superior EV charging experience in mere minutes. ChargeNet Stations’ hardware-agnostic SaaS platform, ChargeOpt, optimizes EV chargers and renewable energy to transform parking lots into profit centers.

3Degrees’ new Smart Launch Solution™ helps gas utilities deliver on customer demand to address emissions

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The product provides a cost-effective, low-risk solution to easily launch a voluntary program

3Degrees, a global climate solutions provider that helps utilities build, launch, and grow successful voluntary programs, is launching a new product offering, Smart Launch Solution™, designed to help gas utilities offer their customers choice to address emissions from their natural gas use. As the climate crisis intensifies, gas utilities across the United States are under growing pressure from customers, investors, legislators, and other stakeholders to accelerate their decarbonization efforts. Smart Launch Solution enables gas utilities to easily launch a voluntary program to meet customer demand now without distracting from the utility’s other efforts toward decarbonization.

Headquartered in San Francisco, 3Degrees has two decades of experience helping electric and gas utilities across the U.S. launch and run successful voluntary programs. The company works with six of the top 10 NREL utility green power programs, and has helped enroll over 570,000 residential participants in voluntary programs.

“3Degrees has been talking to gas utilities nationwide about the challenges they’re facing around decarbonization, including pressure from investors and customers,” said Amanda Mortlock, Vice President, Utility Partnerships. “We’re in a race against the clock with climate change, and gas utilities are certainly feeling the pressure to offer solutions today. Smart Launch Solution was born out of these conversations and was designed specifically to offer any gas utility a low-cost, low-risk solution to easily launch their own voluntary program, which allows any customer the ability to take climate action now.”

Smart Launch Solution includes a blended supply of carbon credits and renewable natural gas (RNG) certificates, along with the marketing tools and program management support necessary to get a program approved, launched, and stood-up as efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible. It includes four primary features:

  • Program regulatory filing toolkit
  • Low-risk, long-term supply of carbon credits and RNG
  • Program marketing and communications toolkit
  • Dedicated program management support

To learn more about Smart Launch Solution, please visit the webpage.

Johnson Controls Collaborates with 3Degrees to Accelerate the Race to Net Zero

  • Johnson Controls expands Renewable Services business through a partnership with leading renewable energy and decarbonization solutions provider 3Degrees
  • Collaboration fast-tracks net zero goals through carbon reduction services
  • Service further expands the comprehensive OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service offering

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) announces its collaboration with 3Degrees, a firm that helps organizations around the world achieve renewable energy and decarbonization goals. The new collaboration aims to accelerate building owners’ and operators’ progress toward net zero by leveraging 3Degrees’ large-scale environmental commodity solutions, including Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) transactions, long-term renewable energy procurement, carbon credit portfolio management, transportation decarbonization and climate advisory services.

“The need for global net zero solutions has never been greater, and global organizations are turning to Johnson Controls to help them achieve their goals,” said Dan Svejnar, vice president, Renewable Services, Sustainable Infrastructure, Johnson Controls. “This collaboration with 3Degrees provides customers with market-sourced renewable energy supply services, which, together with energy efficiency, is one of the most effective paths for customers to address operational carbon emissions and achieve net zero.”

The energy supply services can be delivered as part of the comprehensive Johnson Controls OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings offering or as a stand-alone service. OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings designs, digitizes, and deploys net zero solutions at any stage. The steps range from goal setting and facility-wide digitalization to distributed energy strategies and renewable energy supply services. The solution is also available as a performance-based service where customers pay for the outcome with a fixed monthly fee to lower their inherent risk and avoid capital investments.

The latest climate report released by IPCC shows a rapidly closing window to avoid irreversible adverse climate change and reach net zero by 2050. Scientists are calling for an immediate decrease in greenhouse emissions after findings showed carbon levels continuing to increase. The United Nations’ Paris Agreement target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is fast approaching, causing governments, businesses, and organizations around the world to rearchitect regulations and hold themselves accountable. The collaboration with 3Degrees will support global customers’ urgency to meet these environmental targets.

“The challenge is clear—building emissions currently account for nearly 40% of total global emissions,” said Scott Martin, vice president and head of global commercial business at 3Degrees. “It’s through partnership, innovation, and steadfast commitment that we drive meaningful decarbonization. This partnership offers customers end-to-end climate solutions to accelerate our collective progress to net zero emissions.”

To learn more, visit: Net Zero Buildings (johnsoncontrols.com)

About Johnson Controls

At Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), we transform the environments where people live, work, learn, and play. As the global leader in smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings, our mission is to reimagine the performance of buildings to serve people, places, and the planet.

Building on a proud history of nearly 140 years of innovation, we deliver the blueprint of the future for industries such as healthcare, schools, data centers, airports, stadiums, manufacturing, and beyond through OpenBlue, our comprehensive digital offering.

Today, with a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls offers the world’s largest portfolio of building technology and software as well as service solutions from some of the most trusted names in the industry.

Visit www.johnsoncontrols.com for more information and follow @Johnson Controls on social platforms.

3Degrees Offsets Corporate Water Use Through Investments in Two Different Ecosystems

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New program allows for continued environmental improvement, leadership

In a continued effort to decrease its environmental impact, 3Degrees has offset its 2014 water footprint through the purchase of Water Restoration Certificates (WRC).

Similar to how companies purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to balance out their electricity consumption for areas where they cannot reduce their energy usage, 3Degrees has purchased WRCs to cover the areas where water usage cannot be reduced, such as day-to-day office operations. Each certificate represents 1,000 gallons of water restored to critically dewatered rivers and streams through solutions like water conservation, updated management and irrigation systems, and changes to water rights and agreements. All projects are certified by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

3Degrees is proud to be supporting the Sevenmile Creek project in the Klamath River Basin, and the Colorado River Delta project, located in Sonora, Mexico. The Klamath River Basin straddles Oregon and California, two of the states where 3Degrees operates its largest office sites. The basin is home to six National Wildlife Refuges, but extreme over allocation and diversion of water resources has resulted in inadequate stream flows and the degradation and loss of critical aquatic habitat. The Colorado River Delta, located at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was once one of North America’s great desert ecosystems, but due to historical treaties between the U.S. and Mexico that neglected to allocate water to sustain the river, the delta has been almost completely dry for the past five decades. The projects that our purchases support are restoring these important water resources.

“3Degrees is committed to reducing our environmental impact,” says Steve McDougal, President of 3Degrees. “Water Resource Certificates provide an opportunity to support projects that restore critical wildlife habitat while offsetting the use of water in our business operations.”

Water Resource Certificates are 3Degrees’ latest commitment to environmental stewardship. As a Certified B Corp, 3Degrees meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.  Our on-going commitment to the environmental is evidenced by our recent designation as Climate RegisteredTMPlatinum and being named one of the National Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies®. More details about our focus on sustainability can be found on our About page.