NYSE Euronext is Only Global Carbon-Neutral Exchange Operator for Third Year
in a Row
NEW YORK -- August 13, 2013
NYSE Euronext today announced that it has achieved carbon-neutral status for
the third year in a row, again making it the only global exchange operator to
do so. This distinction was accomplished through the implementation of
company-wide energy efficiency initiatives as well as the purchase of
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Carbon Offsets (COs).
“As the only carbon-neutral global exchange group, we lead by example by
running our business in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Duncan L.
Niederauer, CEO of NYSE Euronext. “By leveraging the power of our global
platform, we work to encourage collaborative responsibility among our NYSE
Euronext community and beyond to highlight best practices and solutions
related to sustainability.”
For 2012, NYSE Euronext completed company-wide energy efficiency initiatives
including the installation of new energy efficient windows and variable
frequency drives, the completion of steam reheat modifications and the
consolidation of its data centers.
The company also purchased Green-e certified RECs and Climate Action Reserve
(CAR) verified COs, which helped make NYSE Euronext carbon-neutral for its
2012 Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions for business travel. CodeGreen
Solutions, a national energy-efficiency and sustainability consulting firm,
brokered NYSE Euronext's REC and CO purchases, which were purchased from Green
Mountain Energy Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG).
These purchases are made retroactively so that NYSE Euronext can measure how
much energy was used and purchase the appropriate amount of certificates and
offsets to match it. Each REC represents the generation of one megawatt-hour
of electricity from 100-percent U.S. wind power, while the COs represent one
metric ton of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions reduced or
avoided from a landfill gas recovery project in Nebraska.
NYSE Euronext's green-power and carbon-balancing commitment helped avoid an
estimated 86,643 metric tons of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions. Using
calculations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas
equivalencies calculator, this amount is equivalent to the CO2 emissions
generated from burning 201,495 barrels of oil, the emissions from the use of
electricity at 12,971 average U.S. homes, or the annual greenhouse gas
emissions of 18,051 passenger vehicles. Click here to view an infographic that
illustrates these measures.
This distinction further demonstrates NYSE Euronext’s leadership in and
commitment to sustainability. In 2013, the company joined the United Nations’
Sustainability Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, which aims to explore how
exchanges can work together with investors, regulators, and companies to
enhance corporate transparency on Environmental, Social and Corporate
Governance (ESG) issues and encourage responsible long-term approaches to
investment. In 2012, NYSE Euronext was named to CDP’s S&P 500 Carbon
Performance Leadership Index and received a Green Power Leadership Award from
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For a number of years, the company
has also been named to several key sustainability indices, including CDP's S&P
500 Disclosure Leadership Index, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and
FTSE4Good, and is a member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.
For more information on NYSE Euronext’s initiatives related to sustainability,
please click here. For further details on all of the company’s strategies and
accomplishments related to corporate responsibility, please read our 2012
Corporate Responsibility Report available here.
About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and
provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe
and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and
exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding
European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets — the New York
Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca —
represent one-third of the world’s equities trading, the most liquidity of any
global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the
leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest
derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive
commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services
through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more
information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.
Keara Everdell, 212-656-2159
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