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RBC opens its 100th bullfrogpowered branch in Brantford, Ontario

TORONTO, ON — On Monday, RBC opened its 100th bullfrogpowered branch in Brantford, Ontario. RBC was the first financial institution to partner with Bullfrog Power to source low-impact, renewable power in 2005. The 100 Canadian branches powered by Bullfrog use 9,800 MWh of certified emission-free power.

"The decision to become bullfrogpowered at 100 of our branches supports our commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions footprint across our operations," said David McKay, group head, Canadian Banking, RBC. "This goal will be achieved through a combination of conservation and energy efficiency measures, as well as the sourcing of clean renewable energy like Bullfrog Power."

RBC is committed to increasing the percentage of certified green power used in its Canadian branch network through purchasing clean, renewable green power for all new branches in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and the Maritimes, where Bullfrog currently has operations. In 2009, RBC opened 25 new green-powered branches in Canada.

"RBC demonstrated leadership in their industry when we began our partnership four years ago," said Tom Heintzman, president, Bullfrog Power. "We are proud to help RBC continue to create a cleaner, healthier environment for their clients and communities."

"As a result of RBC's commitment to Bullfrog power, we reduced our carbon footprint by approximately 3,300 tonnes in 2009, and our emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides by approximately 9,000 kg and 4,850 kg, respectively," said Sandra Odendahl, director, RBC Corporate Environmental Affairs. "We are pleased to support the development of renewable energy in Canada through our commitment to clean energy in our operations and our growing financing activities in the renewable energy sector."