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• Trustmarque Solutions confirms its commitment to being a CarbonNeutral® company by supporting a methane capture project in The Netherlands,

York, UK – 15th December 2008: Software licensing experts, Trustmarque Solutions, today announced that it will be offsetting its carbon emissions through purchasing carbon credits in Sterksel Biogas Project, in the Netherlands. The project reduces methane emissions to the atmosphere and displaces fossil fuels used to heat local buildings. The offsetting is organised by The CarbonNeutral Company, one of the world's leading carbon offset and management businesses.

Trustmarque is a CarbonNeutral® company, which means that it has measured and reduced all of its CO2 emissions to ‘net zero’. For the past four years it has been working with The CarbonNeutral Company to retain its ‘net zero’ carbon footprint status by offsetting its CO2 emissions through a number of climate friendly projects around the world. The CarbonNeutral Company organises for every 1 tonne of CO2 to be ‘neutralised’ by 1 tonne saved somewhere else in the world. These projects are additional and without the carbon credits monies projects such as the Sterksel Biogas Project would not exist.

Tim Dickens, Sales Director for Trustmarque comments: “We are one of very few organisations in the software reseller community to have achieved CarbonNeutral® company accreditation, which we feel demonstrates that we are not only leaders in the field of software licensing, but also in tackling environmental issues. We understand that our customers are increasingly concerned about the environment and the environmental credentials of their suppliers, so it gives us a service differentiator that sets us apart from our competitors. With a large proportion of our customers residing in the Public Sector, of which environmental policies are of a major concern, our customers can be confident that we are working in the best interests of the environment."

Sue Welland, Founder and Executive Director Marketing from The CarbonNeutral Company comments: “It is fantastic that Trustmarque is considering the climate change impact of its business and has taken steps to tackle its emissions. In doing so, Trustmarque is helping to ‘green’ the supply chain and make it easier for its customers to do the same, whilst setting an excellent environmental example to the rest of their industry.”

Trustmarque also purchases carbon credits in the Guizhou Hydro Power Project in China, a forestry project in Chiapas, as well as another methane capture programme, the Rhine-Ruhr Waste Gas Power Project in Germany.

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Notes to editors:

About Trustmarque Solutions

Established in 1987, Trustmarque is one of the largest software licensing companies in the UK. A specialist software licensing consultancy, Trustmarque provides expert advice to all kinds of organisations to help its customers buy the right licences for their business in the most cost efficient way. In particular Trustmarque has a stronghold in Public Sector, the NHS and a wide range of Corporate accounts. Trustmarque is a Microsoft Large Account Reseller (LAR) and has Microsoft Gold Certified Partner status.

Trustmarque Solutions has worked with The CarbonNeutral Company (formerly Future Forests) leaders in the field of carbon management and climate change solutions to become a CarbonNeutral® company.

For more information on Trustmarque please visit the website at: www.trustmarque.com. Alternatively, please call 0845 2101 500 or email info@trustmarque.com.

About The CarbonNeutral Company

The CarbonNeutral Company (www.carbonneutral.com) is the world’s leading carbon offset and management business, working with over 300 major businesses and 60,000+ consumer clients. Over the last ten years, they have purchased carbon credits from almost 200 projects spread over six continents.

CarbonNeutral® is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company and is the leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change. Permission to display the CarbonNeutral mark is only given to clients when CO2 emissions have been measured and reduced to net zero through a programme implemented in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This Protocol assures quality of offset projects, carbon footprint assessments and communication and is regularly reviewed by an Independent Advisory Group. The ‘audit trail’ includes an annual independent verification of CarbonNeutral programs – from contracts with carbon offset partners through to contracts with clients and everything in between.

The CarbonNeutral Company has two regional operating headquarters in New York and London, as well as offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and a network of affiliates in Japan, Canada, France and UAE. An additional office will soon open in Asia.

The CarbonNeutral Company is a founding member of The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), which provides leadership and a unified voice advocating for rigorous industry standards www.icroa.org.

Sterksel Biogas Project, The Netherlands

This project see the construction of biogas facilities at five farms. The animal waste produced at these farms is typically held in large open lagoons before being applied to agricultural land, which results in large volumes of methane, which has a global warming affect 21 times that of CO2, being released into the atmosphere. The farmers have therefore installed anaerobic digesters and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants from ARA Carbon Finance, specialists in developing renewable energy and climate change projects worldwide, to utilise the methane to run the CHP plants, which generate electricity for the local grid and heat for local buildings. The farm can also use the digested manure, which is of a much higher quality, for fertiliser. This system is neither common practice nor the cheapest way to dispose of manure. However, carbon finance allows such projects to become financial viable and this is where the carbon credits monies organised by The CarbonNeutral Company play their part.

For further information:

Paula Elliott
C8 Consulting Ltd for Trustmarque
+44 (0) 118 9001132
paula@c8consulting.co.uk

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