Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Inventories By Renewable Choice Energy


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In this presentation from Renewable Choice, you will learn about our climate challenges, an introduction to inventories, the greenhouse gas protocol, and motivations for corporate action.

Renewable Choice Energy is a leading provider of climate change solutions including green power, carbon offsets, and renewable energy advisory services. Recognized as a trusted partner to numerous major brands, Renewable Choice was the recipient of the prestigious Green Power Supplier of the Year award in 2012 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets. To learn more, visit

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  • Changed Green House to Greenhouse
  • Changed Green House to Greenhouse
  • Talk about the different GHGS
  • Common sources of corporate emissions
  • Multi-stakeholder development process included several hundred individuals from corporations, NGOs, and governments throughout the world.
    WRI developed the GHG Protocol.
    The most widely used and recognized GHG accounting and reporting protocol.
    Co-developed by the UN, EPA, multinationals, and NGOs.
    It is the definitive guide to GHG accounting that all standards reference. Primary goal is to avoid double counting but also a means of understanding and assigning ownership. And also, more importantly, looked at in terms of defining a strategy to address these emissions.
  • Main Point: RECs are critical to the environmental strategies of the most forward thinking organizations, from State Governments to NGO’s to Financial institutions.
    The most forward thinking organizations in the world buy RECs.
    The State of California purchases RECs in the compliance market because they cannot achieve their clean energy objective of 20% renewables by 2020 through onsite generation alone. They turn to RECs because it helps them achieve their targets while also driving investment in wind energy.
    The Environmental Protection Agency, one of the worlds most trusted environmental organizations, turns to RECs in order to offset their own energy requirements.
  • DOE Energy Information Administration - U.S. Electric Power Industry Net Generation, 2005
  • Changed “one” to “a”
  • The appropriate offsetting strategy is based on industry guidelines for classifying emissions.
    Emissions are classified into three Scopes.
    The scopes were established for inventory and accounting purposes.
    Scope 1 - Direct emissions – company owned assets:
    fleet, cogeneration facility, boilers, other industrial processes
    2) Scope 2 - Indirect emissions from purchased electricity
    3) Scope 3 - “Everything else”
    The verifying and certifying standards for the voluntary market provide explicit
    guidelines on the type of offsets appropriate for the type of Scope of emissions.
    Scope 1 – Carbon offsets. Conceptually, and organization is emitting pollution
    and purchases a carbon offset to balance this emission.
    Scope 2 – Renewable Energy Credit. Primarily a US commodity.
    RECs ensure that renewable energy is put on grid for the energy you consume.
    Scope 3 – Carbon offsets. RECs only apply to purchased electricity.
  • Current standards recommend
    RECs for Scope 2 emissions
    Carbon offsets for all Scopes
  • Recommendations for Carbon Neutrality Claims
    We are in the business of solving the global warming problem through civic engagement, education and effective policy.
    Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) is the leading organization dedicated solely to finding and promoting solutions to global warming:
    We partner with companies, campuses, communities and science centers to help reduce their carbon emissions.
    We help our partners, their constituents, and other regional opinion leaders and stakeholders understand the impacts of global warming and its best available solutions, through comprehensive outreach efforts celebrating commitment, innovation and success in climate action.
    We showcase practical climate solutions that demonstrate the economic opportunities and environmental benefits associated with early actions on climate change.
    We propose and recommend the implementation of effective policy solutions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the state, regional and national levels.
  • EPA is proposing that reporters would be required to submit their first GHG emissions report to EPA in early 2011. This report would provide data on emissions from the year 2010. EPA is proposing that reporting requirements for vehicle and engine manufacturers apply beginning with the 2011 model year.
  • Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Inventories By Renewable Choice Energy

    1. 1. Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Inventories
    2. 2. Renewable Choice Services
    3. 3. A Partner to Leading Brands
    4. 4. Contents:  Our climate challenges  Introduction to inventories  Greenhouse gas protocol  Corporate actions  Renewable Choice services
    5. 5. Cap & Trade The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 Renewable Energy Standard Greenhouse Gas Inventories Verified Emission Reductions Kyoto Protocol Climate Change Carbon Offsets Energy Security
    6. 6. The Problem  Climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase  Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced  Future climate change and its impacts depend on choices made today Source: United States Global Change Research Program (June 2009)
    7. 7. Addressing Climate Change: No Silver Bullet
    8. 8. Renewable Choice’s Mission: Harness commercial and consumer demand to help drive the growth of renewable energy and clean technologies • 20% wind by 2030 • CO2 at 1980 levels “Geo-Greenism"—is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating; it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure. Thomas Freidman, Hot, Flat & Crowded
    9. 9. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
    10. 10. Greenhouse Gas Inventory - Defined • A comprehensive and documented accounting of all greenhouse gas emissions attributed to an organization’s activities
    11. 11. Inventory Basics  Identify sources  Choose boundaries  Collect data  Calculate emissions  Document results
    12. 12. Greenhouse Emissions • Purchased electricity & steam • Corporate fleet • Natural gas • Air travel • Propane • Refrigerants • Waste stream • Employee commuting
    13. 13. Greenhouse Gas Protocol
    14. 14. The Corporate GHG Accounting Standard • World Resources Institute – Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol – The most widely used standard – Comprehensive accounting guidelines
    15. 15. GHG Protocol Standards Guidance • Accounting principles • Business goals • Organizational boundaries • Accounting for reductions • Operational boundaries • Identifying GHG sources • Tracking emissions over time • Managing inventory quality • Reporting GHG emissions • Verifying GHG emissions • Setting GHG targets
    16. 16. Corporate Voluntary Actions
    17. 17. State of Corporate Activity • 75% actively measure GHG emissions • 60% of corporate boards have carbon on agenda • 50% have programs to reduce or offset emissions • 15% engage in voluntary emissions trading • 40% considering voluntary purchase • >1000 EPA Green Power Partners • Green Power Partners purchase >16 billion kWh of RECs annually Source: The Conference Board, 2006 & U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, 2008
    18. 18. Voluntary Climate Registries • U.S. EPA Climate Leaders • WWF Climate Savers • Carbon Disclosure Project • California Climate Action Registry • US DOE 1605b Registry • The Climate Registry
    19. 19. Momentum is Building Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Reporting Source: Groom Energy Solutions (2009)
    20. 20. Corporate Motivations • Fulfill voluntary reduction targets • Create internal incentives for reductions • Prepare for regulations • Enhance the brand • Differentiate a product • Provide information to stakeholders • Participate in GHG reporting programs • Identify opportunities to reduce energy and costs
    21. 21. Carbon Offsets & Renewable Energy Credits
    22. 22. What is a Carbon Offset?  A carbon offset (also referred to as a verified emission reduction, or VER) represents the reduction of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases
    23. 23. What is a Renewable Energy Credit (REC)? • A REC represents the environmental benefits associated with the generation of electricity from a renewable energy source • A renewable energy source is credited with RECs as it produces electricity • The owner of the REC receives the property rights to its environmental benefits
    24. 24. Offsetting Emissions
    25. 25. RECs & Carbon Offsets SCOPE Use of Carbon Offsets Use of RECs
    26. 26. Climate Neutral A dynamic ongoing process ~ Clean Air-Cool Planet 1. Embrace a stretching boundary 2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of your carbon footprint before making a claim 3. Exhibit caution before making a corporate-wide claim of neutrality 4. Consider whether a blanket claim of neutrality will resonate with stakeholders 5. Use the carbon management hierarchy before making claims 6. Be completely transparent 7. Exhibit leadership on climate change 8. Treat neutrality as a long-term commitment
    27. 27. Energy Efficiency Advisor
    28. 28. The Energy Efficiency Advisor (EEA) Service  Available to all GHG Inventory customers  Library of information that helps a company reduce energy demand and identify cost savings strategies  Consists of three sections: Commercial Energy Advisor Operations & Maintenance Advisor Purchasing Advisor
    29. 29. Commercial Energy Advisor  Identifies the most cost-effective savings available for numerous industries:  Find out where energy dollars are going  Get money-saving advice  Select the equipment that makes the most sense  Identify key purchasing criteria  Provides sector-specific insights including:  Typical usage breakdown  Common load shapes  Energy saving ideas: – No cost – Low cost – Cost-effective investments
    30. 30. Operations & Maintenance Advisor  Identify what equipment needs maintenance  Judge what tasks can be done ‘in house’ and what is worth outsourcing  Develop a regular maintenance plan  Improve equipment performance and increase energy efficiency with: • Controls and systems optimization • Re-lamping techniques • Cleaning schedules and filters
    31. 31. Purchasing Advisor  An up-to-date library of buyer’s guides and energy-management tips for over 45 energy technologies, including: Best lamps and ballasts  HVAC options and configurations  Energy management systems  When purchasing new equipment: Understand what the technology does and why Discern the real options without vendor bias Make purchases with a transparent decisionmaking process
    32. 32. Legislative Landscape
    33. 33. Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rule • Report if emissions > 25,000 MtCO2e/yr (facility) • 85%-90% of national GHG emissions covered • Affects ~13,000 facilities
    34. 34. Reporting Breakdown Source: EPA Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rule – Draft (March 2009)
    35. 35. About Renewable Choice
    36. 36. 4,000+ Helps LEED companies projects do the right thing Renewable Choice Reduce and understand your environmental impact VERs RECs GHG inventories
    37. 37. Choice Inventories Understand • Establish an emissions baseline to understand and/or report your greenhouse gas emissions Track • Conduct a yearly inventory to track your progress toward a reduction goal Reduce • Identify high carbon intensive activities and target with process, infrastructure changes or offsets
    38. 38. Renewable Choice Offset Portfolio Renewable Energy Credits • American Wind – Green-e Energy • Clean Source – Green-e Energy Verified Emission Reductions • Choice Carbon – American Carbon Registry Standard • Global Carbon – Voluntary Carbon Standard
    39. 39. Business Essentials What you get: • Dedicated Client Services Manager • CD of images and graphics • RCE website exposure • Business Essentials Starter Kit – Custom certificate of purchase – Messaging guide – Window clings and magnets – Custom poster – Image library – Facts and figures
    40. 40. Customized Marketing Support: Choice Programs 1. Determine commitment level 2. Choose a Choice Program that fits with your company’s or project’s communication & outreach goals 3. Renewable Choice customizes the program you choose and provides ongoing consultation and support
    41. 41. Contact Matt Wood Greenhouse Gas Channel Manager 303-551-7571 2500 55th Street, Suite 210 . Boulder, CO 80301 . 877.810.8670 .