GHG Emissions Accounting and Mitigation
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon footprinting have become increasingly important to our clients. As a result, Weston & Sampson is assisting a growing number of clients with projects requiring expertise in GHG emissions accounting and mitigation services.
In 2007, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) created the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policy and Protocol (referred to as the “Protocol”), making Massachusetts the first state in the country to have a GHG policy. Projects that require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are now required to follow the Protocol.
The objective of the GHG Protocol is to focus attention on project-specific causes of climate change and develop long-term solutions through mitigation of GHG emissions. The Protocol will ensure that project-specific GHG impacts and possible GHG reduction techniques will be considered during the design of the project. The Protocol requires that both a baseline scenario and a mitigation scenario calculation of carbon emissions be developed for these projects. Direct emissions from stationary on-site sources (heaters, boilers), indirect emissions from energy consumption (purchasing electricity from off-site generators) and indirect emissions from transportation all need to be calculated using approved energy modeling software.
Weston & Sampson can provide our clients with the needed expertise in GHG emissions accounting and mitigation services for various sectors, from real estate redevelopment projects to landfill projects. Our staff is experienced with the software and analyses necessary to submit required reports, and is also experienced in conducting energy audits, either at a project level or community level, to minimize emissions as well as reduce energy costs to our clients.