RBC opens its 100th bullfrogpowered branch in Brantford,
Canada's first financial institution to use Bullfrog continues its commitment to renewable energy by making all new branches in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia bullfrogpowered
TORONTO, November 23, 2009 RBC today opened
its 100th bullfrogpowered branch in Brantford, Ontario. RBC
was the first financial institution to partner with Bullfrog
Power to source low-impact, renewable power in 2005. The 100
Canadian branches powered by Bullfrog use 9,800 MWh of certified
"The decision to become bullfrogpowered at 100 of our
branches supports our commitment to reduce our greenhouse
gas emissions footprint across our operations," said
David McKay, group head, Canadian Banking, RBC. "This
goal will be achieved through a combination of conservation
and energy efficiency measures, as well as the sourcing of
clean renewable energy like Bullfrog Power."
RBC is committed to increasing the percentage of certified
green power used in its Canadian branch network through purchasing
clean, renewable green power for all new branches in Ontario,
Alberta, British Columbia and the Maritimes, where Bullfrog
currently has operations. In 2009, RBC opened 25 new green-powered
branches in Canada.
"RBC demonstrated leadership in their industry when
we began our partnership four years ago," said Tom Heintzman,
president, Bullfrog Power. "We are proud to help RBC
continue to create a cleaner, healthier environment for their
clients and communities."
"As a result of RBC's commitment to Bullfrog power,
we reduced our carbon footprint by approximately 3,300 tonnes
in 2009, and our emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen
oxides by approximately 9,000 kg and 4,850 kg, respectively,"
said Sandra Odendahl, director, RBC Corporate Environmental
Affairs. "We are pleased to support the development of
renewable energy in Canada through our commitment to clean
energy in our operations and our growing financing activities
in the renewable energy sector."
The Brantford branch, located at 300 King George Rd., will
host a grand opening community celebration on December 12,
2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
About Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green electricity provider,
offers homes and businesses a clean, renewable electricity
choice. Bullfrog's electricity comes exclusively from wind
and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact
by Environment Canada under its EcoLogo program instead of
from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear.
Thousands of Canadian homes and businesses are doing their
part to address climate change and air pollution by switching
to green electricity with Bullfrog Power.
About RBC and the Environment
RBC is proud of its long track record of caring for the environment,
and the awards and recognition received for its commitment
to environmental responsibility. In 2009, RBC was named one
of the world's top 100 sustainable companies, one of Canada's
Greenest Employers, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers,
one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations
and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada. RBC is also listed
on the Jantzi Social Index, FTSE4Good Index and was named
to the Carbon Disclosure Project Canadian Leadership Index.
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For more information, please contact:
RBC Corporate Communications, (416) 974-6970
RBC Media Relations, (416) 974-2124
Media Relations, Bullfrog Power (416) 360-3464 ext. 221