DENVER, Oct. 30, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) has joined The Climate Registry as a founding member, and in so doing has committed to calculate, independently verify and publicly report its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across North America.
The Climate Registry is a nonprofit organization that establishes consistent standards for organizations throughout North America so GHG emissions are reported accurately and transparently, in a single, unified registry.
“Qwest has demonstrated exemplary environmental leadership by stepping forward to support The Climate Registry in its preliminary stages. We are deeply grateful for their integral support in helping to address the challenge of climate change,” said Gina McCarthy, chair of The Climate Registry.
Thirty-nine U.S. states, the District of Columbia, 12 Canadian provinces and territories, six Mexican states and three Native Sovereign Nations are founders of the organization.
As a founding member, Qwest will report its GHG emissions on an annual basis using the Registry’s General Reporting Protocol.
“Carbon reduction is likely a part of our collective future,” said Dave Heller, chief compliance and ethics officer for Qwest. “For us to understand the problem and set workable goals, we need to apply the kind of common measures that The Climate Registry provides.”
The protocol is based on the internationally recognized GHG measurement standards of the World Resources Institute and World Business Council on Sustainability.
Qwest already discloses its direct and indirect carbon emissions through the Carbon Disclosure Project.
About The Climate Registry
The Climate Registry is a private nonprofit that supports accurate and transparent voluntary and regulatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting for organizations throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States in a single, unified registry. The Climate Registry was incorporated in March 2007 in Washington, D.C., by several regional GHG reduction programs. For more information please visit www.theclimateregistry.org.
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