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Going Green - Build a Sustainability Plan that Lasts"

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  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Todays 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Key Drivers of Sustainability Regulatory new laws in some areas of GHG managementmore to come Public awareness political messages, Public image municipalities seeking recognition as leaders Public pressure
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Regulatory Status in Canada Inconsistent across provinces, and undefined as a whole Applicable regulations include: Kyoto Protocol Canadas Turning the Corner Western Climate Initiative Alberta Environment
  • 9. Regulatory Status in Canada THIS IS ALL GOING TO CHANGE!!!
  • 10. 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 Canadas proposed framework) Proposed Waxman-Markey Bill Regulatory status in Canada dependent on what happens in the United States
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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/
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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.
  • 21. 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.
  • 22. Part:1 Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Do not re-invent the wheel Incorporate existing tracking mechanisms or emission calculation tools already used
  • 23. 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
  • 24. 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
  • 25. 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
  • 26. 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
  • 27. 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
  • 28. Part 5: Monitoring Progress and Reporting Results