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Going Green - Build a Sustainability Plan that Lasts"

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    • F Going Green Building a Sustainability Plan that Lasts Karen Mayfield, C.Tech, MCSE, Managing Principal, eSolutionsGroup Douglas Smith, P.Geo, Project Manager, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates June 3, 2009
    • Introduction The goal of sustainability is to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs1” 1 As defined in the 1987 Brundtland Commission entitled Our Common Future, and as adopted by the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
    • Today’s Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Key Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory – new laws in some areas of GHG management…more to come • Public awareness – political messages, • Public image – municipalities seeking recognition as leaders • Public pressure
    • Key Drivers of Sustainability • Municipalities with effective sustainability plan can: – Save money in operational costs – Benefit from grants and government incentives – Reduce costs to address compliance and waste issues – Build community support and approval
    • Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Regulatory Status in Canada • Inconsistent across provinces, and undefined as a whole • Applicable regulations include: – Kyoto Protocol – Canada’s Turning the Corner – Western Climate Initiative – Alberta Environment
    • Regulatory Status in Canada THIS IS ALL GOING TO CHANGE!!!
    • Regulatory Status in Canada • In 2009, the US EPA listed six greenhouse gases as substances that contribute to air pollution • United States is moving towards establishing a nation-wide framework (conflicts with Canada’s proposed framework) • Proposed Waxman-Markey Bill • Regulatory status in Canada dependent on what happens in the United States
    • Partners for Climate Protection • Network of 183 communities throughout Canada (and growing) • Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions • Five milestones: – Creating a greenhouse gas emission inventory – Set an emissions reductions target – Develop a local action plan – Implement a local action plan – Monitor progress and report results
    • Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Recognized Guidance and Metrics • Global Reporting Initiatives – Reporting Guidelines • WBCSD-WRI – The Greenhouse Gas Protocol • International Standard ISO 14064 - Greenhouse Gases – Guidelines • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) • and many others…
    • Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • What are they? – Greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause of human induced climate change and are governed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change. – As a result, different national and international regulations and incentive systems aim to control the volume and reward the reduction of GHG emissions.
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Substance CO2-Equivalent Carbon dioxide (CO2) 1 Methane (CH4) 21 Nitrous Oxide (N2O) 310 Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) 140 – 11,700 Perfluorocarbons 6,500 – 9,200 Sulphur Hexafluoride 23,900 Perfluorocarbons 6,500 – 9,200 Source: USEPA Climate Leaders
    • Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Creating a greenhouse gas emission inventory • Setting an emissions reductions target • Developing a local action plan • Implementing a local action plan • Monitoring progress and reporting results http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca/partners-for-climate-protection/
    • Part 1: Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory • Select a small sample of representative departments that comprise the most significant emission sources • Identify major emission sources for each of these departments • Calculate baseline footprint for these Facilities through a Pilot Study
    • Part:1 Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory • Develop a data collection management system that: – Breaks out each major emission source type; – Quantifies the amount of each fuel consumed; – Defines what sources of fuel combustion are used at the Facility; and – Identifies any processes that emit GHGs.
    • Part:1 Create a Greenhouse Gas Inventory • Baseline Assessment for reporting year • Identify any major sources of GHG emissions • Modify and incorporate improvements • Review the calculation methodologies and the reporting formats prior to full corporate-wide implementation.
    • Part:1 Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory • Do not “re-invent the wheel” • Incorporate existing tracking mechanisms or emission calculation tools already used
    • Part 2: Setting Emissions Reductions Targets • Engage stakeholders to determine their expectations • Evaluate and assess data to determine where improvements can be made • Compare departments and municipalities as a whole
    • Part 2: Setting Reduction Targets • Evaluate potential emissions reductions versus costs, return on investment • Set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions aggressively; ensure realistic • Assess if improvements may be subsidized by tax incentives, stimulus money, or other financial incentives
    • Part 3: Developing a Local Action Plan • Stakeholder engagement • Data analysis of all departments to look for means of reducing carbon footprint. • Analyze data to identify outliers – Areas that excel – Areas where improvement needed
    • Part 3: Develop a Local Action Plan • Where outliers, or extreme values are identified, confirm the validity of the data entered • Conduct an analysis of the operations at these departments • At departments where environmental performance is abnormally low, review the data to identify the source(s) of the elevated impacts
    • Part 4: Implement a Local Action Plan • Stakeholder engagement • Strategically invest in measures that will maximize your results for your costs. • Ensure transparency throughout the implementation process • Accurately document any improvement made, including costs versus savings and reductions
    • Part 5: Monitoring Progress and Reporting Results • Stakeholder engagement • Report on the emissions, and prepare a detailed strategy for reducing emissions at: – (a) Department level; – (b) Divisional level; and – (c) Municipal level. • Identify other KPIs relevant to operations
    • Part 5: Monitoring Progress and Reporting Results • Department Level – Identify the major sources of environmental issues, and key means for reducing or mitigating emissions in the future; – Identify capital and operating costs and timing for improvements, – calculate return on investment (ROI) and payback period. – Assess ROI based on improvements to energy efficiency and emission control, and also on operational cost savings (improved energy efficiency).
    • Part 5: Monitoring Progress and Reporting Results • Division Level – Address areas where positive initiatives have been implemented to improve energy efficiency and to reduce emissions, and areas where improvement is required; – Identify how the emissions compared to draft targets, and industry averages / standards (if any); – Identify specific areas to reduce emissions and to improve energy efficiency at a division level.
    • Part 5: Monitoring Progress and Reporting Results • Municipal Level – Summarize overall emissions and energy use of at a municipality – Identify improvements implemented, and areas where further improvements are appropriate – Identify key initiatives at the municipal level (i.e. behavioural base) to improve energy efficiency and to reduce emissions – Identify priority projects, including objectives and action plans to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency.
    • Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Quantifiable metrics used to communicate a company’s performance • Set of KPIs selected based on review of: – Global Reporting Initiatives – United Kingdom Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – Discussions with key corporate personnel
    • Sample List of KPIs • Greenhouse Gas • Environmental Emissions Compliance • Air Emissions • Environmental Expenditures • Biodiversity • Transportation • Energy • Waste Management • Raw Materials Used • Water Management
    • Air Emissions • Quantifies acid rain precursors, ozone depleting substances, and other air toxics, including: – Sulfur oxides (SOx) – Nitrogen oxides (NOx) – Carbon monoxide (CO) – Particulate matter (PM) – Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
    • Biodiversity • Tracks localized impacts on the environment and facility’s efforts to minimize those impacts • Evaluates organizations activities and how they affect protected species and protected habitat • Limits to evaluation can be subjective • Difficult to track and quantify objectively
    • Energy • Quantification of energy used by organization • Direct Energy Use – energy produced on- site (i.e., furnaces, boilers, generators, etc.) • Indirect Energy Use – energy produced off-site and used by the company (i.e., electricity)
    • Raw Materials Used • Reports organizations’ reliance on virgin raw materials vs. reused, recycled, or recovered waste materials • Substitution of raw with reused materials may result in GHG offsets • Perform initial screening to determine if potential GHG offsets warrant further assessment
    • Additional KPIs • Environmental Compliance • Environmental Expenditures • Transportation • Waste Management • Water Management
    • Agenda • Drivers of Sustainability • Regulatory Status in Canada • Applicable Guidance Documents • Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Five Milestones for Climate Change • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Achieving Stakeholder Support
    • Achieving Stakeholder Support • Target audiences: – Community at large (taxpayers and voters) – Area business – Potential new businesses – Federal and provincial governments – Special interest parties
    • Achieving Stakeholder Support • Consensus has been reached when all members of a group can agree on a single solution or decision, and each can say: • I believe that you understand my point of view • I believe that I understand your point of view • Whether or not I prefer this decision, I will support it because it was reached openly and fairly
    • Achieving Stakeholder Support • Public and targeted group meetings – “My opinion counts” • One on one “champions” development – From opponents to proponents
    • Achieving Stakeholder Support • PR, Media outreach – Keep informed • Print and online – Information and communication • Recurring council meeting agenda item – Published council minutes – Media uptake
    • Achieving Stakeholder Support Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.
    • Government Grants and Funding www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca
    • F For more information Karen Mayfield kmayfield@eSolutionsGroup.ca Douglas Smith dbsmith@craworld.com