SANTA CLARA, USA: Advantest America Inc., a California-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Advantest Corporation of Japan, announced that it has taken action to reduce its environmental footprint through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) over the next two years in an effort to offset 100 percent of the electricity used by its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, CA.
Conscientious about maintaining its reputation for good corporate citizenship, Advantest America, has implemented a comprehensive corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability program that counts among its key achievements being awarded ISO 14001 certification for its Santa Clara, CA headquarters facility in 2008.
The company also takes great pride in having established an environmental management system, which focuses on energy conservation, reduction-reuse-recycling of materials, and green product procurement at its Silicon Valley facility. As an example of its collective efforts over the past two years, the company has been able to reduce its energy use by upwards of 30 percent.
Advantest’s latest commitment to Renewable Energy Certificates will achieve an added annual environmental benefit equivalent to removing 441 cars off the road, or, the amount of CO2 stored in more than 492 acres of trees.
Today, electricity production remains a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions that contributes to global climate change. However, through partnerships with 3Degrees (www.3degreesinc.com), a leading national renewable energy and carbon offset company, and provider of Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Certificates from renewable energy facilities across the nation, Advantest America and other Bay Area companies can help to offset CO2 that enters the earth’s atmosphere.
R. Keith Lee, CEO, Advantest America, said, “With this commitment to renewable energy Advantest America is proudly sharing a message with our employees, our customers, and the community at large that we support the development of clean, renewable energy resources and value a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”
Each REC purchased by Advantest America represents one-megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. This energy will displace the generation of conventional electricity throughout the power system and reduce emissions into the atmosphere.