Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse effect. The most common greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O).
Organizations can use different methodologies to track and report their emissions, but the most common approach is to calculate "direct" and "indirect" emissions. Direct emissions are those that come from sources that are owned or controlled by an organization, such as emissions generated at stationary sources of air pollution. Indirect emissions are those that come from the consumption of energy or materials that are not owned or controlled by an organization, such as the electricity used onsite.
The EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) requires facilities with relatively large GHG emissions to report them annually. The program's comprehensive data collection provides information on GHG sources to help the EPA and others develop informed policies and strategies to reduce GHG emissions.
Additionally, there is a growing awareness of the need to measure and report on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment in a company or business. Tipple Consulting can help quantify the environmental impact of your business to support investor relations and corporate responsibility.
Many companies have already committed to voluntarily, or in some instances are required to, reduce their GHGs. Increasing process efficiency, working with utility providers to source cleaner electricity, investing in low-carbon technologies and infrastructure, and supporting meaningful carbon mitigation projects can all be a part of a GHG reduction strategy.
Tipple Consulting can help you quantify, report, and reduce your facility's GHG emissions. Contact us to learn more.