Evaluate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile

Questions to Answer

  1. What are your organization's largest GHG emission categories?

  2. Where are your largest sources of emissions within each of those categories?

  3. What is their potential to improve?

Evaluating a Federal agency's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile means getting a solid understanding of the organization's largest emission categories, largest emission sources, and its potential for improvement:

While the data required for annual GHG reporting are sufficient to establish an agency's overall emission inventory, these data are not typically enough information for effectively managing emissions. A detailed, bottom-up assessment can provide the foundation for much more robust Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans. Because detailed analyses of all assets can be time-intensive, strategic planning helps the agency hone in on assets that will benefit most from a detailed analysis.

This step includes:

  • Identifying the largest GHG emission categories that warrant a more detailed analysis within Scope 1 & 2 and Scope 3
  • Establishing what information is needed to manage—not just report—those GHG emissions
  • Collecting and managing the data in a way that ensures adequate data quality
  • Analyzing the data to establish the largest sources for different administrative units
  • Establishing how those sources perform relative to similar sources, as determined by benchmarks or industry averages.

Next Step

Read about using the emissions profile to help establish what emission strategies may be most impactful for the organization in the next step, Evaluate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies.

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