Greenhouse Gas Management
Does my business need a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions management strategy?
Global Warming has become a hot environmental issue. "Going green" has become good business practice. Increasingly, customers, agencies, and communities expect businesses to be part of the solution, not the problem. However, relatively few have accounted for GHG emissions.
Times are changing. Agencies in the US have begun writing regulations requiring businesses to reduce GHG emissions and / or purchase offset credits. Ahead of such regulations as California's AB32, voluntarily-reduced GHG emissions can be converted to potentially valuable credits. Businesses will need a plan to communicate their GHG emissions management strategy to customers and the public.
To help you develop and implement a proactive GHG emissions management strategy:
- Understand the potential impact of developing GHG regulations
- Evaluate sources and quantify direct and indirect GHG emissions
- Develop a plan to manage GHG emissions, including voluntary reductions
- Convert voluntary reductions to credits ahead of mandatory GHG regulation
Turn to BlueScape:
- Audit direct and indirect GHG emission sources, through your entire business life cycle
- Develop a baseline GHG emissions inventory using established GHG protocols
- Assist with membership to GHG registries
- Arrange third-party certification of the GHG emissions inventory
- Recommend a GHG management strategy, including creditable emission reduction projects
- Monitor reductions and update GHG inventories
- Provide tools to communicate your GHG strategy to customers
- Assist GHG credit transactions
GHG inventory for a municipal solid waste landfill
Industry: Public Agency
BlueScape prepared what we believe to be the first GHG inventory in California for a landfill. We quantified direct emissions from collection activities, landfill gas combustion and fugitive (uncaptured) landfill gas. Indirect emissions from electrical generation were quantified based on utility records. Total greenhouse gas emissions were quantified in terms of equivalent tons of carbon dioxide. With methane having 21 times the global warming potency of carbon dioxide, BlueScape was able to demonstrate that by capturing and controlling methane via the landfill gas collection system, landfill operations have a net benefit in reducing atmospheric impacts of GHG. Further, the two landfill gas to energy electric generating facilities provided renewable energy while reducing GHG emissions.