- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2014

The National Hockey League has partnered with the top energy provider Constellation to work on becoming the first major sports league to go carbon-neutral, the league announced Thursday.

The NHL warned earlier this year that climate change is threatening the future of the hockey. Now, the league and Constellation will work to reduce energy usage and purchase carbon offsets for all emissions during the current 2014-15 season, National Journal reported.

“Our sport was born on frozen ponds and relies on winter weather,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Everyone who loves our game will benefit by taking an active role in preserving the environment and the roots of the game.”

Constellation CEO Joe Nigro said the company would offer energy-efficiency analyses to NHL teams and provide Renewable Energy Certificates to offset emissions and promote wind farms, clean biomass and solar power, National Journal said.

The league is estimated to emit 530,000 metric tons of carbon this season, National Journal reported.

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