A-Gas, a leading company in refrigerant lifecycle management, has achieved a significant milestone in environmental responsibility. The Washington State Department of Ecology, a key regulatory authority in the state’s carbon market compliance, has granted A-Gas approval for Ecology Offset Credits. This recognition highlights the company’s commitment to sustainability and innovative solutions in the fight against climate change. A-Gas (US) is a subsidiary of A-Gas International, the largest refrigerant recovery and reclamation company globally. It specializes in providing environmental solutions and lifecycle management services for ozone-depleting substances and global warming agents.
A-Gas revolutionizes refrigerant recovery through the utilization of carbon credits. By employing their Rapid Recovery on-site refrigerant recovery service and Rapid Exchange on-demand cylinder swap service, along with collaborating with distributor partners, A-Gas collected refrigerant gases from Washington State. These gases were then treated in A-Gas’ proprietary PyroPlas® plasma arc destruction units, the only technology of its kind in the U.S. approved for carbon offset generation. PyroPlas® ensures the cleanest end-of-life treatment, with a remarkable 99.9999% efficiency in destroying Ozone Depleting Substances and minimal emissions. It also has no adverse environmental impacts. The Department of Ecology has awarded A-Gas 109,180 Ecology Offset Credits, which can be used by covered entities in Washington to meet their emission reduction obligations under the state’s program.
The American Carbon Standard (ACR) served as the Offset Project Registry, issuing serialized Registry Offset Credits for conversion into Ecology Offset Credits. The project adhered to the California Air Resources Board Compliance Offset Protocol for Ozone Depleting Substance Projects, adopted by the Washington Department of Ecology for generating the Registry Offset Credits. Brooke Willard, Carbon Program Director for A-Gas, expressed pride in being among the first project developers for Ecology Offset Credits. A-Gas aims to effectively manage refrigerant lifecycles, contributing to environmental protection and enhancement. Willard further added that: “With the issuance of these credits, A-Gas is providing Washington organizations with a transparent mechanism to build a more sustainable future.” A-Gas has ambitious goals of reaching net-zero emissions by 2035 and reducing existing emissions by 50% by 2028.
In Canada, SusGlobal Energy Corp. is making significant progress with its composting offset project in Ontario. The company has successfully sold 3,000 Verified Emission Reductions and Removals (VERRs) as part of the SusGlobal Belleville Composting Offset Project. SusGlobal Energy Corp. focuses on acquiring, developing, and monetizing proprietary technologies in waste-to-energy and regenerative product applications worldwide. This recent sale brings the total number of carbon credits sold by the company to an impressive 42,302. The project was developed by Anew Climate, formerly known as Blue Source.
One of the notable achievements of the composting offset project is its contribution to increased diversion of organic waste from landfills. This helps mitigate methane generation, a potent greenhouse gas that is 28 times more effective at trapping heat energy in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. By diverting waste from landfills, the composting offset project addresses this environmental concern, benefiting both the community and the climate. In 2021, Canada’s waste-sector methane emissions accounted for nearly 22% of the country’s total methane emissions. Ontario is planning to ban food and organic waste in conventional waste sites under the Environmental Protection Act, unlocking opportunities for waste reduction and innovative resource recovery throughout the value chain.
SusGlobal Belleville operates as an aerobic composting facility, specializing in processing residential source-separated organic waste and industrial, commercial, and institutional organic waste into high-quality compost. The facility collaborates with local municipalities, including the City of Belleville, County of Northumberland, the Municipality of Port Hope, the Township of Cavan Monaghan, and Prince Edward County, for waste collection. The Verified Emission Reductions and Removals (VERRs) associated with the composting offset project are validated by an independent third party.
Marc Hazout, Executive Chairman, President, and CEO of SusGlobal Energy Corp., expressed his appreciation for the recent sale, stating: “We are pleased with the continued amounts that Anew has marketed and sold as part of our Company’s carbon credits monetization initiative, allowing us to generate additional revenues.” The revenue generated from carbon credits will drive technological advancements and support the expansion of composting efforts not only at the SusGlobal Belleville facility but also in other municipalities across North America. This highlights the company’s commitment to continuous innovation and environmental stewardship.
A-Gas and SusGlobal Energy Corp. exemplify the transformative power of corporate responsibility in reducing carbon emissions and building a sustainable future.