News : Smuttynose Leads Conservation Charge

Jun 20, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Herald 

By Kyle Stucker

HAMPTON — Area conservation leaders joined employees of an energy efficiency-focused local brewery Wednesday afternoon to praise new proposed energy restrictions aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

The Union of Concerned Scientists toured Smuttynose Brewing Co.'s new $24 million brewing headquarters and campus on Towle Farm Road as part of an event designed to increase support for the Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal to cut national carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by up to 30 percent by 2030.

Smuttynose President Peter Egelston said the event wasn't meant as a way to "showcase" his company's own extensive conservation efforts, but rather to show that energy efficiency and business are not mutually exclusive, and that "companies large and small are realizing energy efficiency is good business."

"The better solution would've been comprehensive energy legislation, but Congress is apparently not capable of generating any meaningful action — let's face it — on any front; even something as important as addressing energy issues and climate change," Egelston said. "This is a case where businesses are certainly leading the policymakers in that regard. It just simply makes economic sense for businesses to find ways to become more sustainable and energy efficient."

Read the full story in Seacoast Online