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Renewable Energy, Additionality and Impact: An FAQ on the U.S. Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets

2.15.18 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting, RECs and Offsets

With a surging focus on sustainability, organizations around the world are becoming increasingly concerned with their climate impact.  48% of the Fortune 500 and 63% of the Fortune 100 have set greenhouse gas (GHG) and/or renewable energy targets.  In the higher education sector alone, almost 600 colleges and universities have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and over 400 institutions are active participants in AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).  Others are following suit and making their own climate commitments, many of which involve reaching “net carbon neutrality” – or zero net emissions on an annual basis.  The next question for many is, “how do we reach our goals?”  For energy-related GHG reduction targets, efficiency and conservation are logical first steps.  These projects can create significant reductions in energy consumption and GHG emissions, but they will not eliminate an organization’s entire carbon footprint.  In order to make this next step, many will enter the world of renewable energy, RECs, and carbon offsets – and quickly get confused about which option is best for them and how much of an impact each one will have.  Available for download, Edison Energy’s white paper, “Renewable Energy, Additionality, and Impact:  An FAQ on the U.S. Voluntary Renewable Energy Markets,” clearly and effectively answers many of the most common questions surrounding carbon reduction strategies.  The Stone House Group is experienced in this field, having completed energy & sustainability strategies and climate action plans for numerous clients.  Our team is filled with experts recognized in their fields, including Professional Engineers, Certified Energy Managers, Renewable Energy Professional, and Carbon Reduction Manager.  Contact us today with your questions or concerns surrounding climate action planning and carbon reduction strategy management.

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Podcast: REC or Wreck? Making GHG Accounting Sense of Green Power Claims, Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting, RECs and Offsets

In the podcast, Michael Gillenwater discusses RECs and how they differ from true Carbon Offsets, like VER’s (verified emissions reductions). Dr. Gillenwater is a leading expert on climate change and renewable energy, with a specific focus on greenhouse gas measurement, reporting, and verification issues. Listen to the podcast here.

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Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting

Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Campus Carbon Calculator User Guide can be found on University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability website here. This guide can assist those using the Campus Carbon Calculator to understand Greenhouse Gas Accounting concepts (such as biogenic emissions of carbon and the nuances of reporting CO2 emissions from biogenic sources), enter and track greenhouse gas emissions data, understand the outputs of the calculator and ideas to set Climate Action Plan goals.

 

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EPA 2011 Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting

The 2011 Report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Atmospheric Program on Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources. The full report can be found on the EPA website here.

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IPCC, 5th Assessment Report and Synthesis Report

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting

The full Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2014 Synthesis Report (SYR) can be found on the IPCC website here.

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Second Nature: Carbon Management & Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Strategies

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting

Second Nature provides a resource for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Included in the multi-part article are alternatives to burning fossil fuels, such as biomass, landfill gas (methane), renewable energy technologies and solar options. Read more on the topic from Second Nature here.

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Understanding Greenhouse Gas Accounting Boundaries

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting

A short discussion on the importance of defining boundaries for greenhouse gas accounting and carbon management. Read the one page summary here:  GHG Accounting Boundaries.

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Putting a Price on Carbon

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting

The first in a series of papers produced by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that aims to provide clear and comprehensive understanding of key issues that will need to be addressed if the United States imposes a national price on carbon. Click here to read the full article.

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What is Additionality? Part 1: A long standing problem – Michael Gillenwater (2012)

2.16.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting, RECs and Offsets

Michael Gillenwater’s discusses and defines terms such as “additionality” and “baseline” as they relate to environmental policy and proposes a conceptual framework for applying these concepts within offset programs. Read the full paper on the Greenhouse Gas Institute website here.

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Is Your “Green Power” Really Just “Green Washing?” – Michael Gillenwater (2014)

2.7.17 | Greenhouse Gas Accounting, RECs and Offsets

Michael Gillenwater makes the argument for why many believe Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in the voluntary green power market are not the same as emissions offset credits. Read the full article on the GHG Management Institute website here.

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